So far I have dealt with getting started, why do it and what changes occur when you do.

Should I have mentioned that change takes place SLOWLY!

As I start a new season I have a great turn up for the first week, but in this age of instant everything I know some will be disappointed not to be beating Usain Bolt after two sessions.  Fortunately those who keep coming back are the ones who will do well, as long as I can stop them going ‘over the top’.

There are a number  of studies on  the ‘genius factor’ that all agree on one thing, repetition of a skill over a long period.

Also the 5 p’s.  Perfect Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

This is a hard lesson for young people but I can only point to my own success.  I am certainly not a gifted athlete but years of teaching drills, starts and transitions has helped me become a world class performer.  And I’m still learning.

The old maxim of “Life is a Journey” should always be kept in mind.  Live in the moment but always keep the big picture in mind.

Even when I have the ambitious athletes who keep turning up for training I have to remind them of ‘down time’.  In their eagerness they tend to think more is better and get themselves involved in other sports.  Not a bad thing if the other coaches are mindful of the amount of work these athletes are taking on.  But I have found that some coaches think theirs is the only sport that matters and don’t allow any compensation in volume or intensity. The result is always fatigue and or injury.

That certainly slows them down.