Saturday, June 29, 2013


Hello and welcome last week's track and field meet. I was told it was 101 degrees on the track. Really did not need to
know that. For some reason the heat just swallowed everyone. Six
and one half hours in the heat. I came away with five gold medals.
Survivors and winners had mental toughness. It would have been easy to walk away...quit. No one that I know of walked away. You
"rise above." You can't eleminate adverse conditions, you have to
rise above. Took me three days to recover. Now I am back at it, getting ready for my next meet in five weeks. See you next week.

Have a meaningful life everyone...JimmyO

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Hello and welcome everyone...follow up to last week's "deadline"
blog. Huge track and field meet this week. Internal deadline...I am
ready or I am not. My internal clock dictates my mental readiness.
Now I am not thinking of "what if" or training. I concentrate on what's
ahead. 100's of times during the day I think about each of the five events
that I am entered. I visualize each event. I visualize myself winning. I don't get caught up in running errands or chores. I don't
want to be around people...I don't talk to anyone. I am not good to
be around. I have one thing in mind...WIN. Load/explode. See you
next week.

Have a meaningful life everyone...JimmyO

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Hello and welcome everyone...I believe that time and distance are
how we measure most things in life, more than anything else.  We
are or should be "glued" to Deadlines. Tax time is one that haunts
most of us. For quite some time now I have been in awe of news
media being "on time." Newspaper, radio, TV and internet must
meet deadlines day after day. You and I have deadlines to meet at
various times of the year. Most of these deadlines come at us, some
with no warning. How about the deadlines you design? How about it.? Deadlines have a purpose...time and distance are paramount.
Having a purpose as to why we are doing something is critical
in reaching and achieving something worthwhile. For me, the next
7 days are the "countdown" days for my next huge track meet. I
entered (as always) 5 events. 50m, 100m, 200m, LJ and HJ. I want
to set records in all 5. I compete on June 22nd. So, I will blog on
next Thur. Stay tuned.

Have a meaningful life everyone...JimmyO

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Hello and welcome promised, "transition." I am two
weeks away from my first big track and field meet of this year. Let's go back in the prep and conditioning drills. The 2X4
push drill from one end of the gym to the other. Sprinting, pulling
the sled with 40 lbs of weight for up to 30M. Squat, jump and extend hands above my head lifting 12 lbs. All 5 sets. Now,
transition those drills to my T@F events...50M, 100M, 200M, HJ
and LJ. My final prep for the next 10 days consists of a 90 minute
workout...high impact. This is not for the weak of heart. After a
30 min. warmup...I do the following. Five 40M speed burst. Then
3, 200M sprints at 80 % capacity. Then three 100M at 80% capacity. Then three 50M sprints at 90% capacity. Then a 30 min.
cool down. You can apply these drills to any sport. I want my training to be tougher than the actual competition. I will be ready
to win and break all existing records. Stay tuned!

Have a meaningful life everyone...JimmyO

Saturday, June 1, 2013

3 P'S

Hello and welcome everyone...this week, a perspective on motivation and success. Those two words are intangables. Everyone has a different definition. Through out my life's experence and countless interviews with a cross section of people
and professions I have come up with the 3 Ps. Practice, passion and
person (self image). It all begins with the person you are...not who
you pretend to be. Write down who you are, describe you.Then have
three people do the same re you. Practice...every person I know or
read about has found that practice and going back to the basics again and again have discovered the critical importance of progressive repitition. You begin to make it look so easy that anyone watching thinks they can do what you do. That's the first sign of becomming a "pro." Passion...whatever it is that you want,
you begin to act and behave as though you were already there. With
any pioneer, there are no paved roads. You blaze your own trail. With passion, you are not afraid of success or failure. And yes,
everyone fails at least once. Sometimes we fail more than we succeed...but in the end we succeed. Be patient, always acting as
though you were already there. I always consider myself as the underdog. I have to outwork the competition. Next week, transition.

Have a meaningful life everyone...JimmyO