Struggling to transition from HS to college is often discussed in terms of training.
But the biggest factor is the change in motivation. To succeed in college you need to be more driven from within. In HS, external motivators (coach/parent, friends, etc.) are easier.
Hack for getting rich: save money.
Hack for getting strong: lift weights.
Hack for getting fast: run.
Hack becoming an author: write.
Hack for learning: read.
Hack for self-awareness: meditate.
Hack for motivation: build community.
Hack for recovery: sleep.
PACE is not instinctive for any athlete that I’ve ever worked with. It is something that needs to be learned. The most successful are those that understand rule number one.
When running a workout, 5 seconds fast is not better than 5 seconds slow. They are both 5 seconds off.
A few thoughts on running on a treadmill for an extended period of time:
1) There definitely seems to be a psychological variance tied to being “told” what to do by the belt vs free flow running on the track, roads, or trails.
Your legs feel better in evening workouts (as opposed to AM workouts), but they feel a lot worse the next morning!
Noticing a lot of people with strange running form. Is it possible these are the treadmill people who’ve never run in the actual world?
Sports: Testing everyone for performance-enhancing drugs is impossible.
Also sports: We’ll test everyone for COVID every day if we can exist again.
If you are worried about “optimizing” but not sleeping 7 to 9 hours per night start there.
-Your body gets physically stronger.
-Your mind processes, stores, and connects information.
-You increase emotional control.
Sleep. The best performance enhancer there is.
Endurance sport is mental training.
You are alone in your head for long periods of time with ever increasing levels of discomfort. You have a concrete goal that half your mind is screaming to abandon.
You repeat this day after day and have no option but to figure it out.
Move from Dependence to Independence
Coaching is about making your own job obsolete. Good coaches foster independence. We should be working towards having our athlete be self-sufficient, with our role as simply course correcting the ship as it goes.
Finally some good news for Los Angelenos. We’re experts at talking through plexiglass. From arguing with the nice man at the check cashing place, being refused the bathroom key at the gas station, or catching up with family in prison this is our time to shine.