Connecting Coaches Day 1

Sport New Zealand’s Connecting Coaches has already been all I expected it to be and more. Hearing from Steve Hansen, John Key, Ralph Pim and Michael Henderson on this first day has helped refocus a number of my own perspectives on implementing successful coaching systems and through the ever-present theme of values-based leadership this will help develop myself not only as a coach but as an individual too. A lot of my own perspectives and values are a result of internalising and critiquing my own experiences. While I’m encouraged to see so many of my own ideas widely used, I’m also inspired to see so clearly where I can improve. Turning to wider sources is a crucial tool I intend to use much more frequently from now on.

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A point made by Raplf Pim from observations of top sports organisations was that success at the top level was 90% due to creating the right culture and 10% due to creating the right strategy. Performance culture is a multiplier, where correct values bring more out of individuals than would otherwise be possible. I have been contemplating ideas of this nature for most of this year, but now it is very clear to me that building culture is more effective at improving performance than I tend to give it credit. In the past I have tended to focus all my energy on the hard facts of training because ambition and motivation are not noticeable issues in my own sporting career, but upon reflecting on the revolutionary training culture of AOTC starting from 2010, it is clearly demonstrated that the training culture we developed boosted the performance of wider group of people and set in motion standards of training commitment that many of us still refer back too, and ultimately culminated in our first international gold medal.

I also noticed that the Sport New Zealand Coaching Strategy was uncannily similar to my Development and Performance in Orienteering model, which is a huge confidence boost. Perhaps there was some shared inspiration through others who have contributed to my work, but regardless, Sport New Zealand and I are clearly on the same page.

Sport New Zealand’s Coaching Strategy. Click for full version.

Sport New Zealand’s Coaching Strategy. Click for full version.

I’m looking forward to rolling more of these ideas into my development and high performance systems for orienteering before the development and coaching workshop next weekend.

Starting Over

Today I went for my first run, first training session, and even first physical activity, since my last run exactly 1 month ago! This break was supposed to allow time for my niggly hamstring tendonitis to disappear completely, but instead the break proved that environmental affects where to blame. Sitting for too long in my expensive and super comfortable office chair at home is the current number one suspect with a significant amount of evidence building against it. It will go on trial later this week.

GPS for today’s plod on Strava.

I’ve just come back from a light jog around the neighbourhood, which at first was uncomfortable but my hamstring tendon(s) stopped aching eventually. My running technique however remained appalling for the whole 32 minute plod. It seems I’ve got used to supplementing some functions of my right hamstring with my right calf and now I can’t quite get the muscle activation and time quite right. The most obvious result is that I drive my right foot forwards into the ground upon contact. What a gump. There was some improvement in the strength of my pull back towards the end of the run and the situation reminded me of this classic:

Forest Gump

Forest Gump overcoming is restriction more successfully than me.

More spinning on the bike to and from work and some short runs this week will help my progress towards proper training once again.