Athletes are human, humans don’t live flat lines…athletes don’t act in flat lines…things happen unexpected or expected. Sometimes an athlete is in a ‘super’period where all fits well in perspective to performance. Health, weather, results, balance in life, job,… ready to rumble!
1 small change in these things can make the life of an athlete a bit more unexpected, more difficult. An athlete can change jobs, can divorce, has too work later than expected, misses his plain to an international race, can forget his gels for a long race or simply can get into an accident. Untill now, each year we had athletes who were caught by a car for example, none of them didn’t came back! Last few weeks we sure had some athletes who had some unexpected things going on. Each of these athletes is now on the way of coming back to race hard! Tom for example had his things going on. But meanwhile he already won a triathlon, a team time trial and became 2nd in a Individual Time Trial. He fought back, and still is.
Some of our athletes had changes in jobs, which always needs an adaptationperiod. Good communication in that case is all for performing well. Other athletes had kids, moved, had to deal with the loss of a familymember,…
In the dealing with these things, you find the real athlete’s heart. The willing, sustaining and determination of the personality of the athlete are important things to work with an athlete.
Oh, and next time an athlete feels like scrambled eggs…he/she should read the interview with Brooke again, it’s also about eggs , and the motivation to fly fast again very soon!