Coaching: What it actually means?

So having just got back from Guelph I got home and unpacked. Immediately after that the computer got brought out as I needed to confirm workout schedules, plans for clinics, meetings, and meet hosting duties later in the week, then started looking beyond to meets and championships down the road.  I study, I learn, I coach, I adapt, I book, I arrange, I confirm, I organize, and this list goes on and on and it never seems to end.

At one point this weekend I was having a text conversation with my very understanding girlfriend and now is where I have to quote myself, “Thanks hun. Trying to do my best but because of all that work sometimes I feel like I am letting the kids down in the coaching/preparation department.”  Now, please don’t take this as an attempt to whine or justify mediocre results as I am very happy with where everyone it at at the moment.  It is merely a time allocation thing.  Let’s look at this week.

Monday: Office catch up, grant application writing, coaching from 3:00-7:30pm (4.5)

Tuesday: Coaching 9am-11:30am (2.5) then getting on the road (3.5 hour drive) for a clinic from 3:30-5:30pm (2)

Wednesday: Department meeting an hour away from 11:00am-1:00pm and then coaching from 3:00-7:30pm (4.5)

Thursday: Middle school meet hosting from 11:00am-5:00pm and then practice from 5:00-7:30pm (2.5)

Friday: Coaching from 1:00-7:00pm (6)

Saturday: High school provincial meet all day (3 hour drive away).

Sunday: Little bit of rest and relaxation but then back to where we are now…on the couch, planning, organizing, and confirming the next week ahead.

Now, with the usually day starting at 7am or so and immediately reading and then about 30-60mintues later getting on the computer there will be a whole lot of other time spent doing all the other stuff and being a coach and getting to be on the track for about 20 hours a week of coaching and then another 8ish hours coaching/helping at the provincial high school championships meet is nothing to scoff at.  But I wish and feel that I should be doing and spending more time preparing them for the competitive demands of their events.

But that is that.   This weekend I went to the Guelph Speed River Inferno track meet.  It was a great event and I hope to be back in the future.  Only brought one athlete and it didn’t go quite to plan but that is sport.  A successful weekend none the less.  Was also able to get in some good chats and discussions along the way which is always a plus.  I feel like coaches and people who live the sport like me are the only ones who truly understand what this all entails.  Maybe others do and hats off to them for living the dream.  Coaching is a passion!  A dream!  A way of life!  And I wouldn’t have it any other way!