mischa Heemskerk, coaching, clearwater, nacra17

Contingency planning as coach

What started as a super launch of the 2017 season ended with a team who lost the energy to finish the Worlds. We won OCR but then this high point was quickly reversed due to some team negotiations. An Olympic journey seems very simple to outsiders. What people don’t realise is that because you are living up to one moment in time (THE GAMES) that the decision making on a day to day becomes trying to plan for the “unknown”. All of the teams are excellent at getting the majority correct but the team that wins is the team that was better able to plan for what they didn’t know would happen.

What happens if one of us gets sick? What happens is our coach can’t make it to the course? What do we do if it is different conditions than what we planned for?

In the end we lost track of focusing on the Worlds as the Worlds and then we couldn’t reach our goal. This balance of looking towards the Games and just “becoming the best team” could and does make teams crazy.

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