A few weeks ago, this of a little girl learning to ride a bike got a lot of attention because she was hating every minute of it. Her father (seemingly innocently enough) tried to encourage her, but she wanted nothing more than to leave the bike out in the rain to rust. I’m the first to admit that I watched that video, chuckled at that video, and shared that video.
Recently, Daniel Coyle (author of Lance Armstrong’s War, The Secret Race, and The Talent Code) shared a video of another 4-year old, and contrasted not only the approach of the two riders, but of the two fathers. Note how the dad in this video is mostly quiet, and let’s the kid control his own situation.
According to Coyle, “the larger point is, kids are smart. You can’t con them. To take on challenges they need to be in control. They need to be given the room and motivation to encounter the challenge honestly, and a parent’s role is to help create the conditions where that can happen — then to step back.” Honestly, that sentence works just as well if you replace “parent” with “coach”. I’ve come to realize that sometimes an athlete needs to be given some latitude in order to do what he/she wants. I can’t tell an athlete what their goals should be, and while there are times when an athlete needs to be removed from their comfort zone in order to excel, pushing them too hard in that direction – even with the best of intentions – can be counterproductive.
Anyway, I dare you to watch this video and not smile as you see and hear how much this kid is loving the ride – even when he wipes out.
Belated congratulations to Mike Terry, who finished the Ironman World Championship in Kona, in 11:27:57. Mike had a quick turnaround after his qualifying race in Louisville just seven weeks earlier. Qualifying for Kona is a goal that many triathletes aspire to, and most never achieve. Mike managed to do this in just his second Ironman.
A double dose of congratulations for performances at Grete’s Great Gallop (half marathon) this weekend. Jeffery Dweck set a PR with a 1:26:22 on the rolling course of Central Park. Meanwhile, Marc Mouhadeb PR’ed with 1:36:23. Making Marc’s performance even more impressive is the fact that he did it was a 7-mile warm up as part of his Philadelphia Marathon training.
Congratulations to the indefatigable Deanna Culbreath, who won yesterday’s Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon in a course record time of 1:31:39. Also on hand, and apparently not aware that he ran a marathon last week, was Stephen England, who finished 11th overall in 1:30:52, and J. Geoffrey Badner in 1:34:18. Did I mention that this was a trail race?
Sweat it out for a good cause this Saturday! Join us on October 13th as we rally with other fitness studios city-wide to promote a day of fitness & community benefitting Health Corps an advocate for children’s wellness & fitness in schools. Our Sweaty Saturday schedule:
12:30-1:30: pilates mat for the weekend warrior ($18)
1:30-2:30pm: reformer for the weekend warrior ($35)
3:00-4:00pm: the home stretch: advice & strategy for the upcoming marathon from running coach Jonathan Cane, including a Q&A! ($20)
Class participants will be entered to win an awesome prize package including a $120 gift card to Jack Rabbit Sports, $125 full bike tune-up & $75 bike adjustment from Sid’s Bike Shop, a 5-pack of mat classes and a private session with Kinected co-owner Matt McCulloch.All class proceeds go to Health Corps!
Congratulations to 7-year old Calista Redington, who added to her medal collection by finishing another triathlon this week. Calista loves triathlons and always asks her parents to find races for her. Look out for more from Calista is 2013.
On Sunday morning NSQ and Deanna ventured out to Bed-Stuy (known as Do Or Die Bed Stuy back in the day, or Stuyvesant Heights nowadays as the real estate agents try blur some lines) for the Restoration Plaza 10k. They both came back with big, fat trophies, and svelte new PR’s.
Deanna ran 38:09, and NSQ 38:55, both of which were 2+ minute improvements on their previous best. I was especially pleased to see that they both finished strong and showed the benefit of all the hard work they put in at the track this season. (Note Ms. Culbreath’s heel kick and Ms. Sin Quees arm swing.)
Congratulations to Ken Weingold on his strong effort at the Dogfish Dash 5k. Ken finished in 20:11 (6:31/mile), which was good for 3rd in his AG. Best of all, Ken was awarded a nifty prize for his efforts.