I am honest with my athletes. I know paces and progressions and I won't ever fabricate something for my athletes.
First, they're asking the coach on the "little things" (since Coach is taking care of the "big thing"). Second, they care enough to think about it, find articles, ask what to do, etc.
So... that's the first step, as I explained. Then I decided a presentation juxtaposition would be appropriate:
|Meghan, 2013 National Championship 20k|
I could not be more thankful.
|Fargo Marathon Win!|
Except, the goal wasn't impossible. I made it, I qualified. 2:44, well under the qualifying time. It was one of the best days of my life. I have that "team" to thank for it.
|Mesa has trained so many miles with me! Thank you Stunt Puppy! (See the team page for a big discount)|
I wanted it. I wanted to make it happen. I did. You can too.
The fire is there for that athlete. Start assembling your team and start thinking of those little things. Let the fire burn brighter. Every second counts.
One shot, one opportunity. Prove yourself.