Thursday, August 5th, 2021
“Relentless effort (not talent) is the key to achieving great things in your life.” Urban Meyer
The relentless pursuit. The pursuit can mean many different things to people based on where they are in their athletic endeavors. The phrase above may not have as much meaning for an elementary aged student as it would for a graduating senior ready to transition to collegiate athletics.
Relentlessness or grit has been at the forefront of research for the past few decades. A continuous drive of unwavering effort and fortitude on a specific task tends to bear more fruit than an endeavor only pursued for a short amount of time.
Anything we find worthwhile in accomplishing does take dedicated effort, thought, and depending on the endeavor a skill set required to satisfy the task.
As our collegiate athletes begin to forge a new path for themselves this season, I often ask if they are ready to dedicate themselves to accomplishing this goal they have set for themselves. You see, the goal won’t be accomplished by merely speaking it into existance. It takes a special amount of effort and fortitude to see one’s goal through.
As you embark on your upcoming season, are you ready to relentlessly pursue your goals?
If you said yes, how will you know you are ready to take your first step on this journey?
If you are still unsure of what you truly want to achieve, that is ok. Goals are ever changing for us-a critical component in understanding the relentlessness is the realization of the importance of accomplishing said goal.
Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
The Daily Grind
“If you want to win in the future, you must win the grind today.” Urban Meyer
If you read my post yesterday you might remember that we are a mere 3 weeks away from the start of the cross country season. Our indoor season won’t begin until October. With athletes returning to campus in a few weeks, I can’t help but think how fast these past 3 months have gone.
One of my goals for the summer was to maintain consistent contact with our group of throwers. Usually to check and see how they were doing, how their summer jobs were treating them, what their training was looking like, etc. Summer programming isn’t mandatory in the sense that each athlete is required to train everyday. We understand that everyone doesn’t have access to the same equipment or facilities. What I’ve stressed to our throwers is that with whatever you are doing or have been doing is to win the daily grind.
I started this post with one of my favorite Urban Meyer quotes. I find it fitting at this time because of the many parallels with the Olympic Games happening as well. Athletes competing have spent what seems like their entire lives training for a moment in time. Those moments, however, started by consistently winning the daily grind as they moved one step closer to accomplishing their dreams. In this case, their dream of representing their country at the Olympic Games.
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021
We are three weeks away from the start of the cross country season. Our athletes will be returning to campus ready to compete in our first race shortly into September. For most of our athletes it will be their return to cross country. And yet for others it will be their first time competing at the collegiate level.
What seemed like so long ago has rapidly crept up on us as coaches and athletes alike. It only seems like yesterday we were preparing to compete at our regional meet. Now almost 3 months later our athletes are ready to come back to campus and begin their journey within this 2021-22 season.
Our athletes might stumble along their way. Each path they are on will be filled with the proverbial twists and turns. However, success is essentially cumulative and progressive. So is failure. It is the result of what you do everyday. In May, 3 months seemed so far away. Now the season is staring directly into our faces.
So here’s to the “unofficial” start of the 2021-22 season.
Dr. Charles Infurna
Charles Infurna, Ed.D., is the owner and lead coach of Forza Athletics Track Club. Dr. Infurna has coached National Record Holders, National Champions, All-Americans, and Conference Champions at the Post-Collegiate, Collegiate, and High School level.