At the end of every year, I usually spend time tallying up the results of my kickass athletes. I share that information because I’m proud of how hard they work to reach their goals & it’s truly not about me when I report that I had 7 athletes qualify for the Boston Marathon, 10 athletes race an Ironman and set a run & overall PR, 5 athletes qualify for 5 different world championship events, or that my athletes set over 75 personal bests & stood on the podium over 100 times across the races of 2017. I feel lucky to be a part of their story as they set & smash goals, over and over.
But my athletes - sorry, you guys - aren’t superhuman genetically-gifted professionals dedicating their lives to sport. They are exceptional people just doing their best to balance life, career, relationships and athletics. And it would be remiss to not recognize their real world successes along with their athletic achievements. 7 of my athletes got engaged this year, 4 got married. 5 athletes got pregnant (4 on purpose 😜), 1 had her first child. 3 found new jobs, 2 got major promotions, 6 moved house. At least 5 made lifestyle choices that resulted in major body composition changes - both up and down on the scale - that means health is a bigger piece of their world.
So it’s true, they ran marathons & half marathons & 10Ks & 5Ks, they raced triathlons & duathlons & aquathlons & crits & open water races & nearly all of them are finishing 2017 stronger, faster, fitter than they started. But life matters too, & I think it’s fair to say that most of them are happier along with their fitness choices as well.
Feeling successful as a coach at the end of my 5th year of doing this full time comes from both sides of this story. I care about all athletes, regardless of race speed; I want them to smash their goals maybe more than they do & I work my ass off to be the best I can for them, but I also wish them joy. And as I watch my profession become increasingly flooded with “coaches” that are often low on education & investment in their athletes both, I have to hope that the way I choose to do things is what rises to the top. Because to me, people matter most. #teamamazingday