a writer of a book, article, or report; an originator or creator of something, especially a plan or idea
The AthleteAgenda Planner
My best performances as an athlete were always after a period of intense journaling… but not just any daily recap. What I recorded was in-depth training thoughts and criticisms that became a dialogue with myself; setting intentions before key training sessions, then coming back and writing at length about how it went, any insights I gained, and how I wanted to improve the next time I went out.
The act of thinking about my training, writing the important parts, and revisiting it in daily, weekly, and monthly reviews kept my training at the forefront of my mind. Of course, the training still needed to be solid and focused, but I kept the training alive by writing in my journal after I left the water, cementing what I learned and did that day firmly and deeply into my neural pathways.
I didn’t know it at the time, but this dialogue with myself went way beyond self-coaching. The very act of writing, science suggests, encodes the content you’re writing about deeper into your memory, which improves your ability to recall the information next time you’re in a training session or faced with a similar situation in a competitive setting. If the point of physical training is to prepare ourselves for optimal performance, then supplementing that with a journal to improve the ability of our minds to recall key information creates even more opportunity for optimization… and success! Ready to build some neural pathways?
#SUPtipTuesday (and now #PaddleTipTuesday) on Instagram
#SUPtipTuesdays started out as a way to share various tips and tricks I couldn't find anywhere else to paddle faster, paddle more efficiently, paddle healthier, and achieve my paddling dreams. I figured other people would enjoy what I picked up along the way, and eager to give back to "paddling" after it has enriched my life so much, #SUPtipTuesday was born.
Now, paddlers all over the world are creating #SUPtipTuesdays, as well as race organizers, brands, and manufacturers. I'm really freakin' honored so many people hopped on the bandwagon!
These days, my paddling involves a lot more than just Stand Up Paddling. I paddle my Outrigger Canoe most days, but am enjoying some seat time in my 1985 cedar-strip Jensen Marathon Canoe. It didn't take long to realize that a lot of the tips I was sharing for SUP are good for most single bladed paddle craft. If you don't already, be sure to follow me on Instagram to see the latest and greatest Tip Tuesdays (almost) every week!
If you're looking for a specific Tip, check out the TIP LIBRARY here on my website.
Articles of Athletic Reflection
Sometimes one of the prompts from my AthleteAgenda planner spurs deeper reflection, and I elaborate on it. You don't have to go any further than my BLOG to find some of these reflections. Of course, if you'd like to receive some of these entertaining and educational recaps directly to your inbox as I write them, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter!
There may even be a little literary treat on the next page...