Return of the Lockdown?

“You never lacked time, you lacked discipline” was a popular, much ridiculed phrase from the first lockdown. It was a pile on online because many did not ultimately have more time and actually had less time because of childcare and other responsibilities which had presented themselves. Coupled with the fact it was a rich white man from a position of privilege and it was on twitter there was always going to be baying for blood.

“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?” 

Erin Hanson writes. If we stop being offended for a few minutes and consider “What if you fly?”; what if you made time and were disciplined? With bars, theatre, social activities and the ability to meet friends previously and once more being curtailed as we lockdown again. “I don’t have time” is a common excuse – is it true or have you just not prioritised it in your life? Do you want to prioritise it?

I saw a Gary House AKA The Runstrong Coach comment on his Instagram story about how motivation is ‘fake’ – he went on to explain it is temporary so seeing a motivational post or the positive feeling of being motivated only lasts so long (from my experience I would say no more than 2 weeks). To counter this and keep improving you need habits and routine to ensure that you get results.

I am currently working through a plan and keeping myself ‘on track’.

Consider this I saw online:

“How Much Does Coaching Cost?

I have a variety of packages available to athletes depending on their budget. The most popular is the all inclusive premium monthly coaching which costs £135 per month with a £100 initial setup fee. This is the most beneficial option for runners as they thrive on unlimited contact, detailed training plans and a lot of personal attention. If you were looking for a slightly lower budget option, I also offer a basic monthly coaching package for £95 per month with a £100 initial setup fee. In this case athletes enjoy their training plan prescribed monthly instead of weekly, and we will have a conference call at the end of each month to discuss progress, next steps and to answer any questions.”

I have no issue with coaches (I am an ILM coach) or charging for coaching (see below) but consider the highlighted section above: What is the point? Monthly contact – waste of time and money IMO. Is that going to get you to your goals? I am considering mentoring a few people to provide mutual support and work towards their goals – sport and non-sport but it will not, repeat not, be a monthly contact thing – that is just generic cash cow training plans, not coaching. If you’re interest get in touch via DMs on twitter @totriornottotri or via the comments.


  1. I would agree. Too much can happen in a month, illness, stress, injury. Love your SWOT analysis. It’s a really good tool. Never though about using it to analyse myself so will give that a go later.

  2. Thanks – I used management/ coaching techniques to chunk and get to the Dragon’s Back start line 10kg overweight and having never done an ultra!

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