As the club season was winding down last June one of the seniors in this group sent me an e-mail asking if we could start training again to get ready for the upcoming high school season.
And so we put a group together, spread the word and invited a few of the sophomores and juniors to join us.
They wanted to put the emphasis on fitness and conditioning. So we did and it was a lot of hard work. They came to train even when it was hard and they could have been somewhere else. They worked hard and took workouts with them when they couldn’t make a session. And, they challenged and supported each other all the way through.
Two weeks ago they won a conference championship and last night they came from behind to win in overtime in the first round of the section playoffs.
Having a goal is important and then a good process to accomplish it. They brought the first and I provided the second. But … what drives winning or performance is character. It’s what you bring to the process and into the arena that make the biggest difference.
It’s hard to run twenty 30/30’s in a workout. It’s hard to come back from 0-1 with less than 10 minutes to go. That’s where good stuff is though. And the real growth is not in a faster 40 time or bigger vertical jump but in the lessons we learn and the ways we grow as people by stepping up to a challenge.
What was being formed in those days in July and August when they were working on strength or speed or fitness was really character. They have it in spades and it was fun to see them draw on it this week. Good luck going forward!