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by Matt Jordan on May 18, 2012 No comments

For those who follow my blog entitled Training Insights I apologize for not being more productive recently.

My lack of productivity is three-fold.

First, you may notice that the look of the blog has changed.  iWeb, my former blogging application is nearly extinct.  This has left me searching for the ideal application but my search quickly led to procrastination.  So, I purchased a keyboard for my iPap, kept it simple, and chose an application that I can use across all my devices in the hopes that this would increase my opportunities to write.

Second, I have been heavily involved with data collection for my PhD.  For anyone who has done research you will know that a tremendous amount of time goes into setting up your research methodology, collecting and analyzing data, and reading related research.

The reality is that with my professional obligations I’m left with very little time to get this done.  The end result is that when I’m having coffee, out for a run, or if I get some time to myself, my brain is usually on a rapid simmer as I strategize on my research, which has reduced the time I have to just write for the sake of writing.

I realize that some may see this as a boring way to spend one’s time but I couldn’t disagree more.  I love it.  I think the pursuit of new knowledge and understanding is one of the greatest things that humans can do.

Obviously this can come in different forms from reading about another individual’s work, attending seminars and simply being a careful observer of one’s own work but to truly test your assumptions and beliefs in a systematic and scientific manner is the epitome of generating new knowledge.  I’m definitely not the smartest guy on the planet but I’m incessantly curious, and I find the process of systematically answering a question fascinating.

Finally, all of my Olympic bound athletes are gearing up for another training season as they enter the pre-Olympic year leading to the winter Olympics in Sochi 2014.  While this is not the same as the pressure cooker all the London 2012 athletes are currently experiencing, the pre-Olympic year is critical in an athlete’s development.  As such, all of the athletes and sports with whom I work have turned up the intensity as have I.

In fact, as I write I am sitting on a plane en route to Bend, Oregon for a few days with the Canadian National Cross Country Ski Team.  The next few days will include lots of time on snow in the mountains just outside of Bend, and some close collaboration with Shayne Hutchins, the team’s soft tissue therapist, as we fine tune our approach with each athlete.

The fact that my office for the next few days will be in the mountains of Bend for some skiing, and collaboration with one of Canada’s best therapists for the sole purpose of helping Canadian athletes achieve the dream of an Olympic medal is something that does not go unappreciated.  Very few get to pursue a goal for the sake of the goal, and very few get to help out in this process.

Opportunities to work with guys like Shayne are rare, and there is no doubt that much of what I have learned in my career has been through the eyes of others.  The reason for the rarity is that guys like Shayne are rare.  He has a powerful mind and he is exceptionally skilled.  He also has an ego that is in check.

In general terms my impression of the world of human performance is that skill set or maybe the outside perception of skill set is directly proportional to the size of the ego, and indirectly proportional to the health of the ego.

True professional collaboration demands an exceptional skill set and a healthy ego because the risk of being wrong is extremely high.  A healthy ego is what permits an individual to not take “being wrong” personally, and to instead see it as a learning opportunity.

The reality is that many of the truly impacting professionals in human performance and high performance sport aren’t known on the internet or in blogs because they are too busy in the trenches using their craft and expanding their understanding.

It’s not their style to talk about what they know because you will often find these individuals talking and obsessing about what they don’t know.

Not only am I fortunate to have had a career that rarely feels like work but I am also fortunate to have a strong network of likeminded professionals who have kept me humble and on the straight and arrow.

So, on that note, I plan to get back into my groove with the training insights I gather along the way from the weight room, the lab, and from the experts that surround me.

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