Tag Archives: Canadian cross-country teams

Focus on the finish line

To be a champion runner, you need two things: talent and focus. Talent is a matter of genetics. Focus is a three-pronged process: The long-term effort of focusing one’s life on the yearly training plan and the day-to-day workouts; The … Continue reading

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Canadian cross-country running in the ’80s: Part III

In this post, I’d like to tell you a bit about some of Canada’s great female cross-country runners of the 1980s. Most of them were my teammates at World Cross-Country Championships at least once, although some of them I missed … Continue reading

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Canadian cross-country running in the ’80s: Part II

Congratulations to Ron Bowker, the only person to answer both questions about this photo from my last post. He held back for a day and a half to give others a chance, but there were no takers! This race in … Continue reading

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Who wins the race? Shining a spotlight on the dark side of the winner’s personality

Every coach knows that a successful athlete must possess a combination of the right parents (genetics), a willingness to work hard, and the intelligence to follow expert instructions yet be able to make decisions independently. In addition, although every experienced coach has seen … Continue reading

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