Preparation is the key to successful training.
I meet people daily who want to be better in some way. They want to be thinner, fitter, healthier, more successful, less tired, and so on. I want to motivate you the athlete to think about training as a way of life as part of your lifestyle. Make training part of your daily habits. Just like brushing your teeth or having breakfast.
In life you decide to get out of bed usually for work, school or just because you are hungry for breakfast. When you make that first decision to get up that's the most important start for the day, as you have made a plan.
Before you get out of bed make the same simple decision to exercise that day. When you waken if possible put on your workout clothes and that puts you in the right frame of mind and you will feel fitter and more prepared to exercise. Eat for your session. If you need energy, prepare by giving your body the carbohydrate you need to finish the session with jest. This may mean getting up early to start eating breakfast 2 hours before training.
Breakfast may include oats, fruit, eggs and milk but whatever you decide to eat give your body time to digest it and make sure it is balanced and suitable for the workout to follow.
Always have a plan, a goal or a focus each day. This can be to work on strength, Plyometrics, endurance or just core work. Then decide how you can achieve that goal. If for talks sake you decide to want to improve your speed and feel that Plyometrics will help improve your reactions and thus leg speed, think about what you may need perhaps small hurdles or 3 or 4 boxes to jump on and off. Then find out where you can get these make them or even borrow.
Most people have steps benches or crates around there house so you will find that if you work hard to prepare for the session you are more likely to do the training as you have planned it well.
Next think of where is most suitable to train for your sessions. If you need to be on a track check the opening hours but if it’s Plyometrics a flat grassy field or thick exercise mat is fine. Then you’re almost set.
I think it is best to phone a friend of like mind set to make the workout fun and more enjoyable. You will be surprised at how many friends would join you in your gladiator workouts. If you can to try to make it a regular occurrence each week that you meet and train that style, so that improvements can be seen and reps or recovery’s, or times improved upon. This way of preparing daily for training can take a few minutes while still in bed but it can make all the difference. This way you do not have regrets only success stories.
Last weekend the senior heptathlon championships where hosted in Tullamore County Offaly where I was placed third to Leona Byrne the overall winner of the high jump, hurdles, long jump and 200m. I won the shot putt Javelin and 800m. It was a close competition with each of us winning our individual favourite events until Ipicked up a small injury in the high jump. With the cold weather and rain and the fact that I had just travelled two days previous on no less than 19 hours of plane journeys from the United States of America, this did not help. I had a sciatic nerve trapped, the pain was travelling down my leg to the back of the knee stopping full power while sprinting or jumping of any kind. All the same I finished with 3 wins out of the 7 events and an Irish record in the 100mHurdles in 16.3 against a _2.6 wind. I spent the last two weeks getting wonderful treatments from Dr Thomas Gillan, Mourne chiropractor in Railway Avenue Newry. A brilliant passionate and diligent professional who thanks to his treatments has almost 90 percent healed the trapped nerve.
Proof of this was my 4 mile road race in Dunleer in 28 mins an a 2nd individual placing along with team mates Sandra and Gillian Brennan we won the silver in the team event also. I also entered the all Ireland Masters this weekend with a little caution avoided the jumping events of high and long jump choosing wisely the shot, javelin, 200m,400m and 800m. I won all events and broke a national Masters record in the shot putt with 10.30 metres.
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My first real memory of Larry it was at a cross- country race in Mount-pleasant in Dundalk I was running for Mount-pleasant club doing lots of road races and long distance races for the club team. I remember him smiling at me during the race and approaching me afterwards when I was exhausted from the long distance I had just finished. Larry was never afraid to approach an athlete to offer a better opportunity and that's what he offered to me." I will not ask you to run for the club or a team if you don't want to, he said just do what you do best jump hurdle and throw. He knew I was talented at that and recognised my needs, he praised me smiled his big warm smile that made me feel welcome to his family. He hugged me as a father does to his child and I was hooked. I ran to please the Big Man, for his words of praise and smile was worth its weight in gold to me. I turned to Larry not only to share my success but also in times of trouble, and I had plenty of that in my 30 years of competing. He never ever lost faith in you when you where injured or sick, never had one bad word or criticism for any athlete except to encourage me and them to train more and be the best they could be.
He would chat on the phone to me about the junior talent that is being wasted due to lack of encouragement and promotion from clubs in the newspapers, he would be ringing the radio stations and Louth newspapers to keep the latest star in the lime light to make them feel special as special as he made me feel every race. He was delighted to see me soar to greater heights within the club, county, province, country and then the World especially when our own country supports and ignores the home talents. He would say you have to leave Ireland to be appreciated by the Irish. I threatened to leave the club and athletics on a few occasions but Larry listened, supported but never forced his views on me but true to his word let me do as I wanted.
I am still running and winning thanks to the quietness, support, encouragement and love from the Big Man. I intend to portray his strength of spirit and constant fight in all my future endeavours.
You will be sadly missed by all who knew you, but there will always be an empty space in my heart, until we meet again.
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