December 3, 2009

My, oh my, how the time flies. Good workouts for everyone today. My beginning class did the JD Warm up then the Dave Turner workout. So, we will be sore. My upperclassmen are still not where I think they should be in their careers, but, like I warn them that “the ship is sailing.”

Patience is an area most people miss. To start a throw, the longer you take to let the forces build, the farther it goes. In lifting, the first pull should be all about getting the body in the right place, so that when you go to hit it, the body is in position to react. I learned some of this from the late Stefan Fernholm. He believed that you simply couldn’t take enough time out of the back. In Dune, Frank Herbert notes: “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.”

Yet, it is a double edged sword. With the young men and women I work with on a daily basis, they sometimes are too patient. “Tomorrow.” “Soon.” But, the window for some things is quickly closing. I just had a boy, a senior, tell me: “I should have played football in high school.” Well, now you can’t.

Spent some time thinking about this. As a master, I know that my technical areas need to be more patient, but I simply have to remind myself that I don’t have many more years left in this career. So, I have to be patiently impatient.

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