Kelly Starrett

Co-Founder-Mobility Wod/The Ready State

As coaches, we occasionally encounter situations in

which our athletes face higher stakes than they’ve ever known

before. The prospect of vying for a gold medal can cause a lot

of anxiety for someone who’s never ventured beyond a

national competition (which might seem downright cozy in

comparison). When these moments present themselves, we

focus on keeping things small and personal. Here’s an

example 먹튀검증.

Two hours before the Women’s Olympic Rowing Final

in the 2008 Beijing Games, one of our athletes (we’ll call her

E.) was having a moment. Early in her rowing career, and

already a two-time National Champion, she’d worked her way

onto the Olympic boat by grit and tenacity, outworking and

outracing more seasoned athletes. She was the least

experienced woman in the group. In that moment, E. couldn’t

contextualize her freakish talent and work ethic (she would go

on to become one of the USA’s best rowers ever). So we made

the moment as granular and as mundane as possible.

We started by giving her competition a face. We had E.

identify the athlete who was rowing in the same position as she

was in the boat most likely to challenge them. That gave her a

personal anchor. She didn’t have to win a gold medal anymore;

she just had to out-row one other person. We took it a step

further. We asked E. to imagine a world in which that other

athlete had defeated her by investing more effort into the race.

We asked E. if she thought her competition had done a better

job of recovering, sleeping, and even eating than she had.

Earlier in training, we had developed a competition

strategy for E. when she had time trial testing on the erg.

Because she had such a freakish capacity to suffer when it

mattered, E. would set up her erg right next to her biggest

threat. There would always be a moment when the athlete next

to E. would break, and in that moment, E. would plan to

increase her pace, thereby proving that she hadn’t even

reached her max effort. It was a brutal tactic, but it had landed

her in the Olympic boat.

Now the moment had come, and E. needed a tactic to

calm her nerves. Once she’d identified the girl she was rowing

against, she “set up her erg” nearby. When confronted with the

actual person, her clothes, hair, and all the other details, E.

intense. The Olympics was now just about a competition

between two people, and E. wouldn’t be outworked by anyone.

They won by nearly open water.

Athlete Huddle

How do you mentally prepare for your biggest moments

in competition. What have you found to be your most effective


Coach Huddle

What do your athletes require most in a coach when the

stakes of competition get super high? How can you meet those