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During my daily wanderings through Twitter and Instagram while shuttered inside of my house, I have noticed a large upswell in the amount of content about remote coaching being pushed. With the stay-at-home orders that are still in place around much of the country and the seasons cancelled, Olympics postponed, and campuses deserted, it is obvious why remote coaching is a hot topic for coaches on social media. We have athletes that we miss, seasons that are lost, and most importantly, a community that is looking for answers.
And so, it becomes an important topic because nobody really has the right answers for what is best right now. Should I train? Should I feel bad about not wanting to train? How do I train without facilities? The answers, like most things in life, are not clear, and what is appropriate for one athlete may not be for another. But what is clear is that the athletes are now, more than ever, responsible for themselves during a time when they have been used to having personal guidance.
In sprinting they say that only you can run your race, and that you are responsible for what happens in your lane. Regardless of the meet, it is your preparation that has put you at that starting line, and it is your decisions in the race that influence the outcome. It is your reaction, your race model, and your victory to cherish or loss to take.
Most importantly, they are your lessons to learn. As coaches, we teach the lessons of responsibility to our athletes from day one.
Show up on time. Put in the work. Eat and sleep well. The athletes entrust three hours of their day to their coach, and the coach trusts the athletes to take care of the other 21 hours outside of practice. Each day presents itself with new opportunities to build and develop that trust and responsibility, just as every loss or setback Lonely wife and very athletic a chance to develop resilience—the ability to bounce back from losses or difficulties.
Every loss is on display for everyone to see with no place for the athlete to hide. It is built with intent, fostered by coaches and leaders who are unafraid of letting go a little, and it is drawn upon throughout life. I find the easiest way to build resilience is to view each problem or obstacle as an opportunity to learn about yourself. Any coach who teaches from a philosophy of learning to love the process will recognize the benefit of that mindset. Being provided with teaching moments and practicing resilience in sport are both essential for preparing yourself for life.
Between injuries, emergencies, life stress, and now pandemics, it is obvious that life is hard: harder than anything the track can throw at you. However, just as you build on the skills and abilities developed season after season, your mind builds on its ability to handle new stressors in order to help you succeed. My personal lessons of pulled hamstrings, training solo and without a coach, and not having facilities while pursuing my goal of racing at USATF were all the building blocks that, years later, gave me the resilience to keep moving forward during the hardest time of my life.
As we have had daily practices and weekly meets over multiple seasons that have provided ample opportunity to teach these lessons of trust, responsibility, and resilience, I have to question the current trend of remote coaching. If during the first of distress we turn outward for solutions instead of inward first, have the lessons even been learned at all?
Instead of relying on remote coaching to solve all of our training problems during this shutdown, I offer a different solution: self-coaching. For the sake of displaying my bias, I want to lead with the fact that I self-coached to all of my personal records after college. I had help, of course, with many people on various websites and forums providing guidance and advice for deing and monitoring my training. There was rarely anyone with me for workouts or meets, however, and that is why I have such a strong belief in the importance of building resilience.
I see this moment in history as a perfect opportunity for this task. Resilience is an important skill in track, especially if you live in the North. When I was competing in college in Wisconsin, my team was under strict conference rules that banned team practices before January. For any typical team, the easy workaround would be to have unofficial practices without a coach present. Practice typically requires facilities, however. My college technically had a fieldhouse with a three-lane, meter track, but the bleachers covered each straightaway, and there was no safety netting.
Not that training outside would have been my first choice given how Wisconsin winters are, but it could have been a choice if we had one. None of that stopped me from becoming a multiple All-American granted, genetics definitely played a part because nothing was going to stop me. Well, injuries almost did. My college career came to a screeching halt my senior year with a hamstring pull at the meter mark in my conference m final.
It was an unceremonious toast to the end of a college career that had been riddled with injuries.
That m final, my final college race, occurred during the first home meet of my college career the track had been just been completedso I have learned to forgive myself for not speaking up about how beat up I was. Pressure was high, I was driven to win, and, in that pursuit, I tanked my chance at nationals. One of the downsides about being hyper-competitive is that I gave myself a few extra chances to practice resilience by pushing through injuries.
While I try my best to empathize with all athletes who have found themselves without a season, a coach, or the ability to train, it is obvious that the shutdown is not the same as a season-ending injury. There are far more life stressors now than from a simple season-ending injury. Differences aside, we can still try to take some lessons away from this all. While the stay-at-home order has not been the defining moment in my story, it has certainly been an exercise in my resilience as a parent and active adult. For many athletes this will be the defining moment of their resilience.
I believe that when this is all said and done, the athletes who emerge as standouts next season will be the ones who did not look outward for their motivation and coaching solutions, but who looked inward. I will not mince words. When I talk about training, I do mean training.
Instagram and TikTok workout challenges may be a fantastic way to get your heart rate up, but your body weight typically is not enough of a stimulus to be considered anything other than a Lonely wife and very athletic twist on cardio.
The workouts are trending because they are everything that TikTok is, wrapped up in a package that resembles a workout: short, easily consumed by many, and requiring little to no thinking. Training is focused and measured. It has reason and direction. Not having a gym, track, or weights is not an excuse to not train. These types of questions are one of the reasons that athletes typically do so well in interviews. Sport provides daily challenges that require resilience, grit, and problem solving.
It provides the opportunity to lead and take responsibility. So, thinking creatively, how do you start coaching yourself when your options are limited? Lonely wife and very athletic think the first thing that needs to occur is a shift in mindset. You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Of course, we are all athletes and are familiar with discomfort during workouts. Coaching yourself with no facilities exposes you to a different kind of discomfort, however. It is a mental test like no other that you experience in the sport, and it will test your problem-solving skill and resolve on a daily basis.
When it came to solving my training problems, one of the benefits of having relatively nothing to train with was that I could only go up from where I started. I was fortunate to live on a hill, which made acceleration work easy to figure out. What was more difficult was figuring out how to do it safely—as mentioned before, I was a short sprinter living in Wisconsin. That meant speed work in the winter with no facility access was necessary if I wanted to have any shot at success during the indoor season. Spending 30 seconds outside in 5-degree weather to get to the hill, sprint, and walk back inside kept you cold for a heck of a lot longer than the recovery time.
It was simple and effective, and I was now kept warm for the entirety of my session. In researching tempo alternatives, I discovered Alan Wells using a speed bag for training. A cheap, used punching bag was the closest I could find, but I also ran across a hydraulic rowing machine discarded on the curb. It was the middle of summer and I was on a walk when I found it, so I carried it home 2 miles.
It was heavy and uncomfortable, and I can only imagine what I looked like carrying a rowing machine down the side of a road. When my hamstring allowed it, I began training again. When it was warm, I ran hills outside my house and did grass tempo runs at the park. I used landscaping stones as medicine balls for multi throws. Playground equipment became the tools for my recovery day bodyweight lifting circuits. When it got cold, I fired up the heat tunnel and switched to boxing and rowing circuits.Lonely wife and very athletic
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