Ryan is in his third year coaching Houston, and we’re going to reminisce about how we met way back when, having a passionate argument about a chance to NCAA Qualification procedures.
But can an 11 year old actually decide that they want to train that hard? Where is the line?
I can hear the arguments already against setting any kind of boundary or hard and fast rule. Every kid is different, you’ll be holding some back. Suggesting any kind of stricture on how much coaches train their swimmers will be met with overwhelming opposition.
Later today I will record a podcast with Monica Strzempko and Sarah Ehekircher. If that first name sounds unfamiliar to you, then you’ll want to read this before you listen. We’ll go over some points of the story of both Monica and her daughter Anna in the pod, but the piece I linked to gives a lot more detail than we can cover in an hour.
First, why is it that an overwhelming amount of sporting people are so against the use of performance enhancing drugs? For starters, we find it abhorrent that the competitive field of play could be tilted by taking a substance. But it is not just the competitive balance of the substances.
The stakes for doing so seem to high. There are more people to tell you that you messed up than there ever were. That is a bit daunting. In the same vein, there is more room for personal growth than there ever has been. So here, in no certain order, are the posts I look back at over the last year with a little cringe on my face.
However, I’ve realized over time that these public shamings are not for the shamed. Without fail, when I write something like I did two weeks ago about Dick Shoulberg, the following happens: