As we continue down our gymnastics cycle, remember that skill work, drills and laying the foundation is NOT for beginners. Even the most elite athletes (Games level athletes) work on drills incessantly. Here’s a post from Ben Beurgeron about practice that really resonated with us: “Legitimate practice, he says, requires that you detach yourself from the results. “Focus on actually getting better, without worrying about the outcome.” This, he says, means that you have take a step back from your training. “I know you can do what you’re currently capable of,” he tells them. “If you want to get better, you have to take a step backwards, slow things down, and hammer the fundamentals”. _ The best example of this is the approach he’s used to improve @katrintanja’s muscle-ups. After Kat won the Games in 2015, she didn’t do a muscle-up in a workout for six months. They spent the first three months rebuilding her kip, which she would practice by doing kip swings in sets of 10. Over the following months they slowly started introducing muscle-ups back in her training. “We started with one at a time, then went to 2,” Ben tells me later. “Now we’re up to 7″. Remember that eight weeks working on drills is small sacrifice when it comes to the big picture. Focus on the skill work for the day, not the outcome.
What can I bring? We have domestic beer, wine (red and white) and will be serving a signature cocktail “The Cove Crush”. If you have something specific you drink, feel free to bring it!!! We will not be serving dinner, but will provide some really light snacks. If you want to bring something (a tray of cookies, veggies or some finger foods, you are MORE than welcome to do so!). We don’t want to be washing dishes all night, so anything you can pick up with your hands or with a napkin is great. We will also be asking for people to bring coolers as we will need places to keep all that beer and wine chilled!
How can I help? As always, we are amazed at how generous this community is and how willing people are to just pitch in. There are three ways you can help us make this party a huge success:
- We will have a few volunteers that will help us with ‘party maintenance’ oversight. They will be tasked at doing a once over of tables to rid empty bottles, restocking coolers, refilling snack bowls, etc. You might be asked by one of them to help change out a garbage or refill a toilet paper roll, so if you agree to do that, you’re already helping more than you know!
- Bring what you like. See above for what we’ll have, but if something specific will make you enjoy the party more, just bring it! We want you to have what you love, but can’t provide everything for everyone.
- Have fun. NOTHING is more important to us than you having a great time. We’ll have a DJ, a photo booth and we’ll be doing a brief ‘awards’ ceremony. Embrace the cheese. Catch up with your fellow athletes, and meet some new ones. And, as always, what happens at the Cove, stays at the Cove.