Saturday February 24, 2018

Gun show with Dallas, Ian, Kreager, and Sofia

For the dedicated vaulter, the season begins now, mere weeks after the end of summer track.

Those with lofty goals must begin earlier and prepare more fully.  Your conditioning, both mental and physical, cannot wait until the official high school season or NCAA start date.

Requirements for a Stellar Year:

1. Desire – Define how you want to feel these upcoming seasons.  Unbound?  Unlimited?  What are the precise words?

2. Grit – Lift the weights. Do the pushups.  Leap the hurdles.  Run, plant, jump, fall.  Complain less.

3. Grace – The powered athlete is the one who encourages others no matter how poorly his own practice is going.  It’s less about the bar and more about who you are.  When the drive to win stems from merely beating out another it creates a kinesthetic weakness in the body.  Physically, an athlete cannot sustain success when she is out to best someone.  Intend instead, to improve the life experience of track and field.  It is in giving that we receive.

4. Awareness – Realize your athletic ability is something that passes through you uniquely.  It is meant to be displayed as a gift to the outer world.  Your focus and dedication inspires everyone else to do what they do a little bit better.

5. Energy – A conversation with a coach from a prestigious liberal arts school revealed that he looks for prior success and teachability in an athlete.  As important is someone who will bring energy to a team, not deplete energy from it.  Bingo.

This year is about being your greatest version of your highest self, no matter the height of the bar or the placing at the end of the meet.  Give your best in each jump and every personal interaction, and your Milesplit record will earn you the feeling you most desire:

That you have this.


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Jose and Sofia San Miguel

We strap the pole bag to the top of the truck with bungees, double check the tape, sticky spray, spikes, jersey, water, snacks, gas money, ear phones and protein bars.  Poles for long approach, short approach, and the pole our athletes dream of grabbing after they have surmounted their personal record.

It’s go time. Time for the long rides and the opportunity to witness our athletes try once again to push themselves against a higher bar.  It’s time to show them they matter by strapping on a seat belt and slipping the car into gear.

We drive to support our children’s drive to beat last week’s height.   We review video, ring the cow bell, and start the clap on the third attempt.  We stand up and yell because we know the voice of our support is the thing they need most in the moment before takeoff.  We hold them through the disappointment.

We drive for the medals and we drive for the no heights.  We watch the speedometer click higher and higher.  We buy AAA.

It’s time to go.  Time for this sweet era of traveling alongside our children and helping them become more through sport.  We crisscross our home state and the one next to it, learning the landmarks and each other.  We wake up in the dark, return in the dark, handle our work from the car, and negotiate business from the stands.

Weekly, our kids try to improve.  Do we?  Do we launch ourselves with a new determination to move beyond limits in our work?  Do we push ourselves with the same courage and consistency?  Grab a larger pole and go for it?

This is what they do for us. Comfort zones are comfortable, but there is no growth there.   Our vaulters stretch their abilities and remind us to do the same.

What is your personal record, moms, dads, and coaches?  Your athlete is inspiring you to surpass it.

It is time.

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