From the Desk of Dirk Stroda
PS: This blog is not about the Corona virus and what I think about it. Today's blog is solely about the consequences for athletes, coaches and if National Associations read this, use it as a recommendation. This blog is intended to touch only on one aspect in this dilemma.
The complexity of this dilemma can be overwhelming. Let's all deconstruct complexity and look at the things that are right in front of us. For the athletes, coaches and sport federations.
I am currently coaching half a dozen professional athletes towards their life-long goal to make the Olympic Team for their country. So far, 'my athletes' were on track. They were prepared, had a plan and executed in relevant competitions. For me, this will be the 14th Olympic Game preparation that I am involved with; either with National Team preparation or individual preparation - Summer, Winter and Para.
The main question that I was asked over the last 10 days and especially after the announcement of postponing #Tokyo2020 to 2021 was:
"How do I prepare myself for my goal [Olympics], not knowing when exactly it will happen in 2021? What should I do right now?"
My answer to this important question is short. Although it could be a lengthy one considering all possible ways and outcomes that could happen pertaining training availability, test competitions, qualification and nomination guidelines, travel restrictions and accessing high performance infrastructures and services, etc.
Please assume that one of the best musicians ever lived on this planet writes to you and wants to share with you one of his principles he lived by. It's now yours to live by it; and it's a good one:
My name is Vladimir Horowitz. I was born in Russia in 1903 and I am an American-Russian classical pianist and composer. You may have heard my name before.
Today, I want to talk about the way I practiced my craft.
I practiced a lot and sometimes 240 times before I considered it as 'perfect'.
Most importantly, I practiced every day."
"If I don't practice for a day, I know it. If I don't practice for two days, my wife knows it. If I don't practice for three days, the world knows it." - Vladimir Horowitz
Stay happy, stay resilient and strong.