Category: Performance

Consistency

CONSISTENCY: A word we hear a lot about – maybe even too much ! But what is it really and how can we use it to our advantage? I was looking at this not long ago and decided that rather than just go on gut feel, I should actually get some data behind what I’m…



Periodisation

We have all read about it and think of it in terms of builds, bases, recovery weeks and specific preps. I’m here to firmly tell you it isn’t. Those things have value in our language but for me it’s about chunking things into blocks that I can work with. What came this year was a…



Doubt

“The only thing you should doubt is doubt itself” This is one from Bobby McGee, a multiple Olympics coach (I think 5 times) and is a master of the mindset stuff. His tip when you doubt yourself is to continue the conversation. When your mind questions your own ability, seek proof from it. “What makes…



The Formula 1 Performance Model

Iso Netflix. It’s a thing. I’m more of a documentary kinda guy. Less fiction – more non-fiction. Yeah – I’m boring. So anyway, this took me to the series “Formula 1”. This series is not just about the races. In fact, it had very little to do with the races. This show is more about the…



Individual Race Experience

I went to a race this weekend. It was a big one for the team with a lot of the squad doing it together. The team aspect of an individual sport is something that surprises some people. Not me.  So I’m up there advising, supporting, observing and generally doing what coaches do and I watch…



Train Hard – Race Easy

Lots of talk after the weekend of racing about how quick the racing is getting. Yep. The world isn’t slowing down that’s for sure. The one thing we all have in common no matter where we are in the field is that we all want to be faster. No matter who we are or what…



Real Athletes Don’t Train

I want to tell you a story about a coach who I’ve never met. His name is Bill Sweetenham. Bill was brought up in poverty in Mt Isa, the mining town in Queensland. He was thirsty to learn and he knew early on that he wanted to be a coach. In fact, he had coached…



Yes Dad

Yes Dad …. This saying is at the core of any childhood. Okay and maybe it’s a yes Mum as well. You’ve been asked to do a chore and well yeah it’s probably not going to get done is it. Daily in my coaching environment I get the yes Dad. That look of yeah I’m…



Process Goals

Just had a good chat with an athlete around this. Worth putting up. The majority of goals we set are outcome goals. Natural tendency this one as we don’t sit there and dream of “neg splits” or “holding cadence”. We dream of our outcomes.   The way towards those outcomes but is identify what it…



I’m listening

Load management is one of the key areas of training. No doubt about it. If we don’t get that right there’s a lot that can go wrong. I thought it would be good to have a chat about where I go with that. Right at the start in the title I said that I’m listening….



Precursors to Performance

As a coach, you sometimes wonder if your direction and recommendations are being listened to. Do the usual messages of consistency and training with intent, resting, recovering, eating well start to sound trite almost? It’s not matter we take lightly. Delivering a message after all needs to be meaningful and hopefully held in good regard….



Mental Skills

Mental skills – what a topic hey. I’ve grappled with this one for over 2 months – the importance of this topic just demanded a lot of thought. It also demands a lot of personal opinion. Something I am not always comfortable with. I dislike the concept of trying to sound like a guru. In…



Deliberate Practice

I run a lot of sessions as a coach and deliver many more for you to get done away from the coaches eye. I believe this could be one of the most important pieces of advice i have given for a while and believe that its critical to your success as an athlete. Get this…



Discipline

the thing that most people don’t expect with discipline is that it’s hard. It’s hard alright. Bloody hard! I do believe that we can do some things that can help us in our quest but. Make a list and put it up somewhere. Check in on it every single day Dont expect perfection. If you…



New Year

Notice I left the “Happy” bit off? I did that for a reason. It doesn’t have to be happy all the time. It can be sad too. It can be exciting, or fun, or challenging, or hard work, or any number of descriptions. The new year is just another flip of the page. Another chance…



Change

I’ve been thinking deeply this past couple of weeks….. End of 2018 and all. Creativity and innovation is a big part of who I am as a coach and how I work. Pushing deeper into what works. This isn’t an easy task when the topic of individuality arises. It lays a different scenario over each training…



Knowing

Telling us what’s wrong isn’t telling us what’s right. Social media thrives on this. “The Hook”.  Tell em what’s wrong. Then say you know the answer.



Optimal Performance

Optimal performance derives from holistic wellbeing and knowing your identity and core motivations. Taking care of your wellbeing, allows you to function at your full potential This is one of the biggest issues facing an adult athlete with big work and family responsibilities as well as the plethora of information pouring into your lives via…



Behavioural Observations

Coaching is quite a personal thing. You have to really allow yourself in and commit 100% to the athletes you work with. It’s both demanding and rewarding. Sometimes – actually most times – you don’t know how you should deal with the stuff people go through. But as a coaching mate says “the only way…



Building the Endurance Athlete

How I like to develop an endurance athlete is a question I get occasionally. There’s so much information out there now that it becomes difficult to see the forest for the trees. So the answer to the question “How do you develop an athlete?” becomes a question of my personal coaching philosophy. I highlight that…