By Jim on Thursday, April 14, 2011
Making me better.
The thing with people, who want to better themselves, is they train in a group with paddlers who are better and who are worse.
So you get frightened to ask the coach any questions, fear of the wrong response or fear he or she may tell you something that you don't want to hear.
To be good at anything, sport, work or family is that it is hard work. You need to find a support group, links in a chain I call it. Every link has to be strong and not have any faults to it. You may need to have people who can help you with diet, mental, fitness, technique and general day-to-day living.
If you can get all the people in your chain to help efficiently then you are on the path to success. If you find that one is conflicting with the other then you are in trouble, reason is that you will now start to second-guess what you are doing.
I believe the key people to help you improve are Coach, Friends and an outside person you can trust and confide in.
By having these people you can open up your mind to explore different possibilities in your paddling, things that you are not seeing because you are to absorbed in what is happening to you and you only.
You need to look outside the square, even when you are paddling in a group you still need to have a look at different training methods, different strokes and talk to different people about what they are doing.
Sometimes step out of the group and do a session on your own that is tailored to you and your needs. You may need to work on balance; you are not going to improve by flogging yourself in every session. So go and spend a session working on the small things that you need.
Every now and then go and join another group for a session, makes you work harder and explore other training methods.
Often coaches are saying the same thing, just another coach may use an other way of saying it.
The worst thing you can do is sit still and not be selfish at times, if you never think of you then you can never get better.
So go and get a pen and piece of paper and start writing down the areas of improvement you need, ask yourself is your coach or training group working on those areas. If the answer is NO then go and work on them. You will never improve other wise.
If you need help with any other the areas I have spoke about email me firstname.lastname@example.org
The most important thing you need to do is improve.