Bobby's world: Martin offers look into coach's lifeBoston-based mentor introduces himself, asks for reader interaction
Bobby Martin, coach of 2013 U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, among others, introduces himself in the first entry in his season-long blog for icenetwork.com.
When I was asked to write a blog documenting, from a coach's perspective, how this season will play out leading up to, and through, the Sochi Olympics, my obvious first question was, "What the heck is a blog?"
I looked it up on the World Wide Web and learned it was a contraction of the words "web log." Still unclear, I said, "Sure, OK, I can do that. Just don't ask me to tweet anything or send a Snapchat of myself blogging on Instagram while hanging from a Vine."
That's where I draw the line.
Here are some chapter headings that I thought would make for interesting subject matter (along with a brief synopsis). Soon-to-be loyal readers, feel free to weigh in on a topic or two of special interest.
PREPARATION - How does all of this happen anyway? We certainly must plan for success, correct?
FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT - The importance of carrying yourself like a champion, even when you feel like you want to throw up.
PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING - Let's face it: This is a performance sport. Humans are judging you. No one is trying to stop you from scoring a goal or hitting a ball back over a net. You rehearse over and over and over and over, and then get your chance to show your work.
PRACTICE - Yeah, we should probably do some of this, too. Unless you are Allen Iverson.
HARD WORK AND BEING EFFICIENT - My athletes are extremely high-functioning and amazing people (you should really get to know them!), and they require a very organized, practical and efficient plan to maximize their talents. That plan will change 100 times.
"BALANCE," "TEMPORARY" AND OTHER FUN WORDS - I have a slew of them and would be happy to share why they are helpful in navigating this journey.
DECISION MAKING - Choices, decisions and consequences.
DAY IN THE LIFE - This topic might put you to sleep. It's not very riveting unless you are a parent of two girls (as I am), enjoy human torture and/or want to feel better about your own job.
LEAVE ME ALONE - How I get away from it all. (This doesn't happen ... I am a coach, remember.)
EMOTIONAL MANAGEMENT - Keeping sane, or at least pretending to try.
DON'T THEY KNOW IT IS ALL ABOUT ME? - The truth about my coaching philosophy.
THINK TWICE BEFORE GIVING ME THE MIC - Whose idea was this anyway?
THE CARDBOARD COACHING MACHINE - Some of my great product ideas. Also, I could dabble into the marketing of figure skating.
OH, THIS IS SO GLAMOROUS - See "Day in the Life" above.
THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY - Like "tucking your pants into your socks" or "the proper way to hold things at competition."
DISTRACTED MOMENTS - And other amusing stories. Example: "How I drove over my laptop."
I LOVE THAT DIRTY WATER - With Boston hosting the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and as a longtime Bostonian, I would gladly give my tips and insights into how to fully enjoy yourself while here. Also, we could discuss translating the accents and give driver safety tips.
OK, clearly I am in way over my head. I am sure icenetwork.com is rethinking its decision at this point. Please help right this ship, and I will do my best to represent the coaching community to the best of my ability!
Happy blogging. LOL. Text me.