In the world of instant access, quick turnarounds and a dwindling lack of patience, we still chase dreams. Endurance sports teach you that hard work, patience and determination still rule the day.
Many of you are aware that we have 2 professional triathletes in our ranks. Jeremy Stagg and Johnathan LeJeune are entering their first years a professionals for the 2018 year. Why might this matter to you? Well I have noticed a few things in their training that I would like to share.
*disclaimer – This is not to imply that you or someone else is doing something wrong, just simply to state facts obtained through coaching them
Top things that create their success and continued development:
1. Patience – This is a big one. There are days they get stuck working late, family requires their extra attention or they travel. Did you know that Johnathan travels 3-5 days per week, by car, for his job? So many things can come up and go wrong, yet he gets the work in. They do not force things, they look for the opportunities and take advantage of them
2. Dedication – Relentless pursuit of their goals. They are up early, put priority on recovery and do what needs to be done to progress. This includes the “accessory” work like TRX, core, yoga, strengthening, etc. These are not the sets that gets missed like many age groupers. If it is in their path of training, they get it done.
3. Communication – The key to the coach/athlete relationship is communication. Some athletes require only a little while others require a lot. This helps to forge the trust from the coach to the athlete and from the athlete to the coach., Trust is earned and it is only earned through execution and communication.
4. Execution – This is a key to their success. When the set requires them to go hard, they go hard BUT when it requires recovery in the set or an active recovery day, they recover with the same tenacity as they attack the hard pushes. This is big because the general AG athlete struggles with going easy enough. What most this is easy, is more of a high z2/low z3 effort (generally speaking).
5. Listening – They listen to their body. There is a difference in I am tired (sleepy/lazy) and I am tired (training/life fatigue). They have done this sport at a high level and logged the miles long enough to know the difference in tired and “tired”. This is where communication comes in.
6. They don’t miss – Plain and simple. They do not celebrate “all green” weeks, they expect them so when they complete them they aren’t happy, it’s what they expect. Not to say that is a bad thing to celebrate, it just isn’t something they personally celebrate. They have other things we high five and fist bump on. They do not miss. I want to reiterate that. In a sport where consistency is the true “magic pill”, they take that pill every single day. It doesn’t matter how, it gets done.
To conclude, this isn’t about anyone reading. This isn’t to point out what people do wrong. It is to highlight the wins and paths to success that people forge. We all are on our own journeys and every path is a little different. Some have many curves, logs in the road and random attack kangaroos. Do not think that anyone’s path is easy, they are just different. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
No matter your genetic disposition, skills and athletic history, we all have a little “pro” in us in terms of the way we approach the days, training and life. Take advantage of life’s tailwinds but don’t shy away from the headwinds!
– Coach Jeremy