My Lap Around the Track – Week 8

This week has been an interesting one as always, but this week for different reasons. Ginninderra as always keeping me on my toes. As we all know it is the first week of summer.

So the assumption would be that athletics would be in its peak or at least on its way and it is. It’s just not the typical weather that track stars like to compete in. For multiple different reasons, one that I found most interesting is that bad weather has the potential to slow you down and often does. A sprinter is a lot less likely to get there Personal Best (PB) in the wet. The reason being is there is a higher potential for a head wind which will slow you down. Most importantly though it’s harder to concentrate on form and technique when you’re getting hit in the face by rain. Having said that it is inspiring to see the Ginninderra sprinting group still pushing through and turning up to training. It still consistently amazes me how dedicated, joyful, inclusive, and hardworking these people are. I come from a majority basketball background and a majority of my teammates wouldn’t dream of hosting a training session in the rain. Even if it wasn’t using basketball equipment.

The training sessions I host on Tuesday and Thursday are starting to gain popularity.

This week I had some new female youth athletes show up. Both of which were school reps and state reps for middle distance running. I was excited to coach them because it gives me the opportunity to train elite athletes for their age group as well as the general athletes that compete for fun. Ginninderra has a good spread of talent in their club. A lot of the more competitive athletes at Ginninderra have been with them for a long time and have gotten where they are today because of the great coaching staff.    It was interesting to see how high the maturity levels of these kids are. Even though they are only 10-12 years old, they are there to train and not just mess around with their friends. There hasn’t been a single complaint about having to do a drill they don’t want to.   It makes it a pleasure coaching them. The other thing I was surprised by was the way I held the coaching session. I have never been known as a kid person. But as soon as Ginninderra gave me the opportunity to coach kids I jumped on it with the view of making a weakness into a strength through exposure and practice. I found myself using an upbeat tone to help keep them engaged and used age appropriate language which was my main concern. Surprisingly it came mostly naturally without much thought. After each training session I go home and evaluate the session and see what I think I could have done better or how the session could have gone better. One thing I need to work on is talking less and not overwhelming the kids with information. I was impressed though I managed tco teach the kids 4 new things about sprinting. Now let’s see if they remembered what they are, check in next week for the answer J