Looking back to look ahead
Did you read any good books this year?
This is around the time for annual training mileages.
In a year like 2020, where things are thrown sideways, it’s important to remember that we can measure miles objectively or subjectively. The mile count is not as important as our ultimate goal and development. Determine when and how to count your miles as a person and athlete.
Growth has no destination. Covid cancelled some events. However, if we were fortunate enough to stay healthy and stable, it did not necessarily cancel personal growth.
If posting YOUR stats, it would be great to also see your highlights. If Garmin was still being held hostage, what would you put up to describe the year? What are the words? And why do you choose them?
Miles have different purposes
So, for me, I have no idea my “stats”. And, frankly, I don’t care. They’re part of the process, not the result. Sometimes I don’t even use a watch because it doesn’t fit the process.
But, here’s my year.
Coaching is my passion and this year I found a great home at Become. Honestly, I love this place. The people, culture, turf. Sometimes you’re just in the right spot.
Coaching +1 = UML Rowing. My life dream has been to coach at UML. And, we’re on pause or something now, but I have can’t wait to get back in the launch
Coaching +2 = Over ‘Covid’ I added several certifications and took all those courses I’d put on the parking lot list.
And I geeked out with webinars from USRowing, Perform Better, and others (phenomenal, both orgs). So much quality. One thing about the fitness industry - we are scrappy. ‘Adapt and change’.
It’s good science and business.
Now - I have two (at least ) online businesses. Speedofstrength.com and fitcoach.us
Both are remote coaching, via Zoom or Facetime, with simple set-up and guaranteed performance or fitness results when followed. They address strength and efficiency for more speed at endurance sports, plus nutrition, personal training. Yes, it's new. Precisely. Was your old way working optimally? And how do you know?
And the BIGGEST BIGGIE: In 2 weeks I’m a student again. A doctoral student.(WHAA) Liberty u. Doctor of Strategic Leadership Program. This degree is essentially Coaching + Business combined, and they had a great tuition deal for business owners.
Coaching ps: The most important decision I made "over covid" was that MY OWN coach was a top priority for ME. When every race is cancelled etc, that's the opportunity to lean in, learn, get better. Because, you need a person to push and challenge you (thanks KP, for insisting I go bike when I didn't yet love gravel cycling.)
So, that’s my 2020 lemonade roundup.
I’m all ears! What’s yours? And if you want help making 2021 the best yet contact me here:
Ashley Blake is a Certified Strength Coach, Nutrition Coach, and Women’s Coaching Specialist. She is a USAT Certified Coach, and USRowing Level 2 coach. She’s worked in fitness and athletic coaching since 2005.
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