One of my athletes asked me the other day:
I am honest with my athletes. I know paces and progressions and I won’t ever fabricate something for my athletes.
First, they’re asking the coach on the “little things” (since Coach is taking care of the “big thing”). Second, they care enough to think about it, find articles, ask what to do, etc.
So… that’s the first step, as I explained. Then I decided a presentation juxtaposition would be appropriate:
|Meghan, 2013 National Championship 20k|
I started my story/presentation: I was All-State in high school, but never top 15 at state, and never won any big invites. I tried HARD, though. I ran more miles than anyone on my team each summer, male or female. I decided to run college at Gustavus, a D3 school, even though I had offers at the D2 and D1 level. I did well at GAC, setting 5 school records and competing at NCAAs 4 times. But I was always just shy of that All-American mark at NCAAs.
I could not be more thankful.
|Fargo Marathon Win!|
Except, the goal wasn’t impossible. I made it, I qualified. 2:44, well under the qualifying time. It was one of the best days of my life. I have that “team” to thank for it.
The point of the long story to this athlete was that you can take moderate talent and make it great. I did not have the talent to run with those individuals in 2012. I am not a Meghan Peyton. I was probably one of the least qualified to race there (based on past results). I just plain WANTED it, and was able to turn that fire into a dream come true.
|Mesa has trained so many miles with me! Thank you Stunt Puppy! (See the team page for a big discount)|
I wouldn’t have changed anything. All those miles, all that hard work, all those “little things” that I struggled to get in because time is short. I unintentionally assembled “Team Nichole” (individuals, professionals, and sponsors!) to get there. I am SO happy with what I’ve achieved.
I wanted it. I wanted to make it happen. I did. You can too.
The fire is there for that athlete. Start assembling your team and start thinking of those little things. Let the fire burn brighter. Every second counts.
One shot, one opportunity. Prove yourself.
* If you want to chase your impossible, I have the ability to take on one more individual for coaching. Contact me! nichole (dot) porath @ gmail.com