Experience the Difference

Coaching while being an athlete!

Coaching while being an athlete!

As we begin 2012 it will be my 35th year of coaching.

I have experienced the entire spectrum of results from athletes being last or having a bad result when going into an event thinking that winning was the only option for them,  to coming first when a good result on that particular day was last thing that was expected.

Every time these things have happened it has added another chapter to my ‘experience book’.

It wasn’t until 12 years ago when I became a ‘full time’ coach that the consistency of good results really started to play out.

What did I do differently 12 years ago?

I stopped being an athlete myself. I thought I was doing a good job as a part time athlete and a part time coach but I was missing things because my attention to detail just wasn’t there. I thought it was but it wasn’t.

The more and more that I coach at the level that is expected of a coach like myself I know now that I would find it absolutely impossible to be a competitive athlete of any kind and be a professional coach at the same time.

It is akin to having 2 full time jobs because to be competitive as an athlete requires absolute attention to your own training and recovery to ensure good results for themselves.

This attention to your own process leaves no time for any external coaching pressures of the type, especially the many changes in personalities that athletes are prone to as their important events that they are preparing for get closer and closer.

I look back with embarrassment on those years now when I trained 25-35 hours per week and called myself a coach as well. Who was I kidding that I was being a good coach? Myself, and the athletes that I coached.



3 Responses to “Coaching while being an athlete!”

  1. Rae Cattach on January 4th, 2012 12:30 pm

    Wise words as always coach. I for one am glad you are my full time coach 🙂

  2. jason hope on January 4th, 2012 7:52 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. the mental committment to pick up the changes in mindset requires more than an emailed program and a phone catch up.
    “Coaches” need to commit one way or the other.

  3. Cheryl Callard on January 31st, 2012 3:28 pm

    Well that is food for thought….very much the way it should be if you want true results!!

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