“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” -John Wooden (10 time NCAA national championship)
Sustainable Athletics Mission Statement: Share lessons and golden nuggets that we have discovered during our athletic journeys to to help teach other athletes to:
Be Happy and Chase your Dreams
Why is Pav writing for this blog?
I am no Olympic champion, national champion or even an all american. So why should you waste your time listening to me? Many of the elite performers in athletics succeed in spite of their training because of a full time schedule and world class genes. Trying to follow Usian Bolt’s training regiment will NOT enable you to reach your full potential because it is highly unlikely that you will possess his combination of size and grace with the abnormally high ratio of fast-twitch muscle fibers.
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan
I have failed too many times for me to keep track anymore, but that is exactly why you should read this blog. It is through failures that I have learnt the most valuable lessons. Even if there are valuable lessons lurking in a victory you are much more likely to miss them because there is no negative feedback (losing) causing you to objectively analyze your performance.
I hope that by writing and contributing to his blog I will enable you to accomplish your dreams.
Finally, blogs like this are the most fun when visitors comment and interact with one another. I want to encourage you to comment and share whenever you can. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a line with suggestions or just to touch base. Thank you for visiting.
Chase your dreams!
Why is Sam writing for this blog?
My goal is to bring together wisdom from a variety of different people and fields and integrate this into my coaching practice. This blog is a way to share knowledge that I gather along the way. Daily, I learn new things that I wished I knew as an athlete, so I’d like to pass them along.
I find that information in sports is very fragmented – for example, X coach is an expert on “strength,” and his athletes’ 1 rep max’s go through the roof – but their performance on the field, court or track stays the same. Likewise, I’ve seen endurance (distance running) coaches talk about the blood’s pH, lactic acid, etc. and what training can do to the body’s ability to tolerate changes in these parameters. But they never talk about what nutrition and lifestyle do to those parameters, even though these ignored factors have just as large of an effect on performance. We deal with whole people, not only athletes. Athletes can only train so much of the day, what they do the rest of the time, what they eat, their emotional state, their beliefs about themselves and the role of sports in their lives matter just as much as the training that you give them. To develop as an athlete and to develop as a person are interrelated, usually in a positive way, but not always.
May this blog help you see components of performance in a new way, but may it also help you see and reflect on parts of your life that you never even knew were components of performance in the first place!
How Pav got here:
My athletic journey began in grade 9 once I saw my first NCAA march madness game. I knew right then that my dream was too play NCAA Division 1 Basketball for a Major School. I pursued this goal with full throttle and worked harder than anyone I knew. Even after my high school coach told me: “I was just NOT a division one athlete,” I continued to pursue my dream with even more tenacity. However, I was NOT working smart. I never took a single rest day until a conversation with my high school coach during my junior season in which I mentioned how I was constantly tired. But at that point the damage was already done and it was too late to fully recovery before the end of my high school basketball career.
However, despite some initial interest form some mid-major to low-major division one teams such as Eastern Washington and Davidson University, a very serious ankle injury my senior year derailed my dreams of becoming a division one basketball player.
This failure was heart-breaking, and really made me reflect on myself. It was almost as if a part of me died once my basketball career ended. However, it was the best thing that happened in my life as it forced me to objectively analyze and deconstruct my failure. Whenever adversity strikes it is easy to look for external factors, but I had to face the hard truth I failed because of myself and only myself.
I did not respect my sleep, I ate anything that came in front of me, I procrastinated incessantly in school, and I did not stretch or foam roll. I did work extremely hard in the gym, but I did not have successful life habits that would help support and foster my goals.
How Sam got here:
In 2005, the track & field coach at my school saw potential in this tall, lanky, scrawny freshman sitting on the end of the bench on the school’s basketball team. What followed was an absolute love affair with the jumping events – I gave up parties, desserts, and trained my butt off for years, and the work paid off – All-State in Massachusetts high school track & field, later competing for both the University of Maryland and Boston University track & field teams, earning all-conference honors at the latter. I went from being barely able to grab the rim my freshman year in high school to being able to hit my head on it 8 years later.
However, all of that progress came with a price – I missed more than half of the competitions that my teams competed in due to injury. As much as I hated it, it became my story: a ton of potential, but never fulfilled. From 2006 to 2014, I was cleared to run in the month of December only one of those years. Combined year and a half in a boot, blah blah blah…don’t want to ask for sympathy, plenty had it a lot worse. I looked everywhere for info, usually in the wrong places, but I occasionally found something. I have seeked out amazing coaches from several different countries to help me understand performance, injury and life, giving me a perspective on sport that is uncommon. That’s what I plan on sharing with this blog.