I want to begin this week's coaches blog by recognizing Jeremy and Victoria for their great work coaching and leading our team last week. I've heard from a few parents and my own kids that they did a great job. With that, I also want to take a moment to address some of the changes from last season to this season. We're in a "transition" phase is some ways. Coach Dusty, as head coach, had a larger time capacity last year due to his job transition. This opportunity for him and the Hawks created a very unique coaching culture. Dusty almost never missed a workout or race. In a volunteer coaching environment, this almost never happens. What an amazing gift he was able to give this club in its first year. In comparison, I have work related trips I have to take, and one larger trip that was planned months ago before we knew Dusty was moving.
This year, we have changed things up to be more sustainable. Coaches are still volunteering but we have a "Management Team" approach to coaching that shares responsibilities. This is a far more sustainable model. I am the head coach and oversee creation of workouts. I, with Assistant Coach Jeremy, am keeping track of our athletes capacities. I have a vocal and motivational style to my coaching and aim to inspire our athletes to get the most out of their training and races. Coach Jeremy, similarly is motivational in his own way. He is also out "Athlete Manager" that helps make sure all athletes are in the right races. Additionally, he will be leading practices from time to time as I am unavailable. Victoria, as you may have noticed, is our Communication Specialist. This is such an important role and helps us stay on the same page. She also makes sure out athletes are registered for the team. Finally, behind the scenes we have Jeff, who is kind of our "Business Manager". He helps pay our bills and makes sure our club is on track.
I can't cant thank the rest of our Management team enough for their hard work in keeping our team going. But also, from time to time, usually without even asking, we have parents stepping up to help ensure a successful workout or race for our athletes. THANK YOU! That's what makes this Hawk community so amazing, right? We ARE actually a community. We work together for these kids. Thank you for the time you all give to make this team happen.
With that, I'm excited to be back in the saddle and coaching this week. Great work at Lost Trail to everyone that made it out! The pics I saw online and that were sent to me looked amazing and for a trail run, it looked like we had some stellar times!
Tuesday: BOATHOUSE, 5:30p
Thursday: ON YOUR OWN
Friday: BOATHOUSE, 5:30pm
Sunday: BOATHOUSE, 3:00pm
"Building Confident and Competitive Runners in the Delta Region."
Starting week three, most newcomers have made it through their two week trial and have determined if this is the right time to join the team or not. I am grateful for the time to coach those that will not be joining us for the remainder of the year, and I look forward to the next 16 weeks of training our current Delta Hawks to be the most confident and competitive runners in the region they can be. Of course, we are always open to new teammates and we look forward to inviting them to start their own 2 week trial at any time. If you have anyone in mind, please invite them out and share our website (www.DeltaHawksRacing.com) with them.
Now let's talk about vacation. You've earned it and we all LOVE and support that family time and this week a lot of our Hawks are flying out of town. Below, we have this week's workouts, but as a reminder, these workouts build upon each other. PLEASE help your athlete complete these workouts to the closest of their intention as possible. They will have a better season and see greater improvement if they can continue. A week off at this point will put your athlete 2 weeks behind, reduce their ability to complete future workouts, and increase the risk of running related injuries.
The week ahead:
Tuesday: 5:30 @ BOATHOUSE, Interval Training.
Thursday: Yellow and White Groups, Rest.
Grey & Black, on your own.
- Grey: Easy 3.
- Black: Easy 4.
Friday: 5:30 @ BOATHOUSE
- Tempo @ Marshall Hills.
Sunday: 3:00 @ BOATHOUSE: Easy Run.
Week three is going to be a great week. After 2 weeks of training, we've shaken the cobwebs off the legs and are finding our groups. I'm getting to know these athletes more and am looking forward to the next several weeks of training.
I don't think I can express how excited I am for our runners today. We saw some great races, some tough running, and two sweeps of the podium! Below are some of the highlights I saw and you can find all the results at this link.