The Tri Town Times: 5/10/21

The Tri Town Times: 5/10/21

Boise father, husband, businessman, and triathlete, Gary Martinez. Thoughts on coaching.

Hi all,
In times of loss you remind me of how strong our community is. Thank you to everyone who reached out in support of Gary Martinez and his family. Below are a few resources of interest:

- A funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Boise, at 4pm this Thursday, May 13th.

- The service will be live-streamed. Email me if you would like details.

- You can read the obituary for Gary here.

- Please see the gofundme page to support Gary's family.

- In case you missed last week's newsletter.

- An excellent resource to better understand the risk of a cardiac event during a triathlon. Thank you Kris Stilton for sharing this with me.

Now for your weekly TT Times newsletter:
Training thoughts and updates:
I've been thinking a fair bit about coaching this week and the role a coach plays in an athlete's life. Some thoughts and research of interest:

- The word "coach" originally came from kocsi, Hungarian for "carriage", after a city in which a popular carriage design was developed and manufactured in the 15th century. It's worth noting that kocsi does not mean "friend" or even "mentor" or "teacher". A "carriage" is designed to smooth the bumps on a rough road, to take some of the weight off your back, to be reliable, and to be an important partner on a shared journey.

- Interesting study on the difference between world-leading coaches and world-class coaches. The main difference being that world-leading coaches were significantly more agreeable, had greater perception of emotion, were better at managing their own emotion, and were less narcissistic than their less successful counterparts.

- A couple of my favorite books on coaching and building technique/skill:

     - The Little Book of Talent, by Daniel Coyle. You can read my book notes here.

     - The Inner Game of Tennis, by Timothy Gallwey. Book notes here.

Quote that struck a chord:
Timothy Gallwey on letting go of judgement:
"When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as "rootless and stemless." We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed. When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don't condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development. The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change, yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is."
Have a great week!
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town Bicycles
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