Coaching News – August

Let me start this month’s newsletter with a thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we dealt with our recent family bereavement.  This came at a critical time in the season for many of our athletes and, in a matter of just a few weeks: Deb has run a course PB over 10k; Steve represented Team GB at the world Duathlon Championships once again; Ian completed half of his incredible 20 Olympic distance triathlons in 20 days; Grahame finished the Midnight Man; Jon completed the Outlaw IM; Vikki picked up yet another triathlon race victory; Fiona finished IM Copenhagen; Toni completed ride London and Craig finished the Ely Middle.  We at least had the distraction of following all your performances and thus shared the satisfaction of a job well done for many of you. It also concentrated the mind to focus on the priorities and, as a result, there are a number potential opportunities and changes that we will consider further at the next business meeting, scheduled for September, not least to allow more consistency in producing your monthly invoices!

Now, after a little bit of catch up, it will be back to business as usual as we see out the final few races of this season.  Usual for this time of year of course means that some of you will have seen your training pans extended by an extra week to take us beyond this weekend and our annual trip to Powerman Zofingen and the World Long Distance Duathlon Champs.  This race is, of course, pretty much where we came in, but we have come far since those early days supporting athlete development for this still rather unique event.  In recent years, whilst retaining a similar number year on year, long distance duathletes have become a smaller percentage of our business and thus some changes to the business structure are required.  More news on how we aim to restructure the business to better support your athletic needs will therefore follow soon.

Another useful distraction this summer was to attend the World Athletics Championships as a guest of Sarah’s sister-in-law and we had the pleasure of finally watching some athletics in the Olympic Stadium after missing out in 2012.  It was a fantastic experience to appreciate the talents and energy of a whole range of athletes and it reignited my enthusiasm for the sport.  Watching the camaraderie of the male pole vaulters – cheering each other on even as he medals were being decided and staying in the arena even after elimination – was a pleasure to experience.  The men’s steeplechase was epic and overall it was a brave if less fruitful evening of performances for Team GB athletes with lots of 4th places the result.  Fourth is the worst place to finish and many athletes can sympathise here, not least Jo Pavey, whose best track performance was a 4th place finish in the 10,000m at the World Championships in 2007.  Ten years later however, after the disqualification of drugs cheat Elvan Abeyleglasse, Jo has finally been upgraded to a bronze medal.  For the only time in her track career, she stood on the podium at the London Olympic Stadium with the silver medallist Kara Goucher and enjoyed a brief and belated moment in the limelight.

Although we weren’t in the stadium for the finale to the track careers of Mo Farah and Usain Bolt, we cheered both on from home and experienced their final races on the world stage.  As expected, both the national and sporting press were full of the anti climax and the lack of a fairy-tale finish.  However, the occasion could have been used to welcome in the new guard rather than just say a lengthy and sad farewell to the old and, if nothing else, is a welcome reminder as to just how hard it is to get to, let alone stay at the top in athletics.  Whilst the new 10,000m world champion Muktar Edris can be excused his rather apologetic MoBot on the finish line and will hopefully be a worthy champion, will athletics fans ever accept two time doper Justin Gatlin his drug fuelled past?

Probably not would be my guess and yet here we have a risk of holding double standards.  Although certainly there is no suggestion of wrong doing on the part of Mo Farah, his decision to retain the coaching services of Alberto Salazar is certain to damage his legacy.  Salazar remains under investigation not least for allegedly encouraging the likes of Kara Goucher to take a thyroid hormone which she neither needed nor had an appropriate therapeutic use exemption.  It is in part Goucher’s evidence that Salazar faces now and therefore, as much as I approve of her belated honesty, should her performance level not also be subject to question?  This should mean that Jo Pavey would receive the silver medal thus providing Kimberley Smith, currently in that cursed 4th position with a much deserved bronze medal.

Obviously for those who regularly read this far, my thoughts often turn to drugs in sport but it is becoming increasingly prevalent even in amateur racing.  Please read up on the most recent – Kayle Leogrande.  Not the brightest cookie, but up until yesterday, despite already receiving a two-year doping ban in 2008, he was still racing against you and I whilst taking a concoction of seven banned substances.  At the other end of the scale, and in my category, Michael Ellerton received a two year ban for taking over the counter medications despite it being accepted by the investigators that he had not acted intentionally.  To this mix, there is now an increase in banned substances turning up in every day athletic supplements which are regularly used by both professional and age-group athletes.

Thankfully, UK Anti-Doping have increased the testing of age group racing both in and out of competition and yet, for the athlete, it is becoming harder to steer your way through the medication and supplement maze.  Therefore, as part of this summer’s CPD, I have qualified as an accredited adviser on behalf of UK Anti Doping through their 100% Me campaign.  Whilst I would encourage you all to take full responsibility for all the food, medication and supplements you take making full use of both Global Dro and Informed Sport, if you do have any questions or concerns then please do contact me straight away.

Thank you all for working so hard and producing some outstanding racing this season – please keep it up.

Invoices are on their way.

Best wishes

JC and Sarah

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Coaching News May

What an exciting month we have had in May with just about every athlete in some form of competition, all within a narrow band of two weekends and much of the action happening on the same day.  Keeping track of everyone proved to be a complex business – not least because, on the busiest day, I was in Southport working in my triathlon team manager role – and the review of data and performance is a time-consuming process so I am just taking a quick breather from this task now as I type.  However, mostly expectations have been exceeded, and in every case positives can be taken which always makes it a far more pleasant experience for athlete and coach alike!

I had a few topics outstanding last month to consider as the key message in in this newsletter.  These included the Loughborough University study of the relationship between running performance and running efficiency – sigh; the correlation between age and marathon performance – oh for heaven’s sake; or the challenge to fledgling medical companies and researchers who are unable to fund medical Gold Standard research – just don’t even ask!  However, as last week’s action unfurled, I felt the urge to focus on the outstanding performances of our athletes instead.  Long-term readers of these newsletters, and those who follow me on FB, will know that only very occasionally do I report on athlete success.  This is not because our athletes are not often successful, nor is it that I do not like to read of athlete success myself.  In fact, I always love to read about athlete performance and there is no better distraction from doing my work for this experienced and highly capable procrastinator.

However, whilst travelling home from Southport and reflecting on the racing I had watched and tracked, I was following the football on the radio as the Premiership football season came to a close.  Some twenty-six minutes into the champion team Chelsea’s match, the game came to a temporary and somewhat comedic halt.  The reason was to celebrate the end of a long career of one of the participants, and his departure from the pitch was greeted with deference not only by his own side, but in almost sickeningly flattering terms by the opposition and the commentators on the radio.  It seemed to me, that the most professional of sports was demonstrating just how unprofessional it can be.  This peculiar interlude brought to mind the previous day’s news report that the long-running (and possibly last?) US circus, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, had closed.  Listening to the reporting on that Premiership match, I realised that modern football has probably replaced the circus as today’s entertainment with the commentators performing the joint roles of ringmaster and announcer.  This self-ingratiating reporting is way too sentimental for me and similarly, when I read about athlete success from coaches, it comes across as ever so slightly narcissistic, seemingly more concerned with promoting coaching prowess rather than athlete achievement.

I prefer to read about athlete performance, good or bad, from the athlete.  Although I’m sure you all like to be reminded occasionally of how well you are doing, as you all know, I provide this to the individual not to the wide world.  Therefore, despite the temptation to sing your praises, I have decided not to buck the trend this month.  Suffice to say that it was a very positive weekend in sport for us all and we all appear to be continuing in the right direction with good progress towards our objectives.

In the background, as I am sure you are all aware, we have been awaiting completion of the purchase of our new home.  As sad as it will be to wave goodbye to Blue Pines, we completed on Damson Cottage in Helmdon last Friday and are in the process of moving as I type (or at least Sarah is currently busy packing)!  We will try to make the transition as seamless as possible with the office move scheduled for Tuesday 6th June.  The testing equipment will move on the same day and I will arrange athlete testing and training programme production around the move dates.

In addition to the move, June is scheduled to be a busy month.  Once again, I will be leading a Natural Running Form workshop at the Ultra Festival over the weekend of 3rd/4th June and I will also be away with the Team GB Standard Distance Triathlon team in Kitzbuhel from 14th – 19th June.  Where possible I will be preparing training plans before I go, but I will also be working on improving communication facilities for use whilst away.  This should allow me to both communicate and deliver plans more successfully than in recent months where hotel and/or train and airport wifi has been too slow to facilitate access or blocked access altogether.  This busy period will also require some tight scheduling between calls or testing.  Therefore, please ensure that you contact me as soon as you can to ensure that I can support your training.

That’s all for this month.  Please keep up your hard work and great performances!

Invoices are on their way.  As ever, we appreciate your prompt payment.




Coaching News April

One of the reasons why I love watching sport is the unpredictability of the outcome of competition.  I also enjoy being involved because of the uncertainty of the direction that sport will take next.  These changes help to keep us all on our toes, but at times can be frustrating, with seemingly unnecessary changes of policy or administration being imposed through some unseen and unknown rationale requiring changes in coaching methodology or practice.  At other times, and becoming more common however, are changes instigated by the press and, of course, the pressure of social media.

In a month where many sport related stories have caught my eye, one of the more significant, and one that has already resulted in changes in coaching methodology, is the continued fall-out from the claims of bullying and sexism at British Cycling.  On the specific interactions between Jess Varnish and Shane Sutton, of course, I cannot comment.  However, this month, and one can assume that this is a direct knee jerk reaction to those claims, British Cycling has announced a change in coaching strategy directly related to the coaching of women.  Coaches are reminded, in case they didn’t know already, that not all female athletes will want to receive technical coaching and that many are looking for no more than a combination of fitness and fun.  However, what any skilled coach will tell you, is that refining an athlete’s technical competency is probably the quickest way to achieving fitness and fun.  In fact, I can’t think of a single sport where this is not the case.

If taken at face value, the directive is well-meaning, however it may well have unexpected consequences.  Firstly, it suggests to women that there is no need and possibly no value in developing technical ability, and secondly, to perhaps less skilled or less conscientious coaches, there is the potential for a cop-out from acting in the more challenging role of technical coach.  Thankfully, some of sport’s heavyweights quickly responded, Chrissie Wellington, amongst others, declaring the directive patronising.  There is of course a chasm between encouraging women to take part in sport at grass roots level and coaching the likes of Chrissie and the sadly much maligned Jess, who are winning competition at the sharp end.  However, the coaching process should remain the same.

An article by former British Swimming National Performance Director Bill Sweetenham reappeared, seemingly in support of Shane Sutton’s alleged methods.  The somewhat dated article highlighted that many top athletes were not aware of how hard they could push themselves and thus how far they could go.  Therefore, he surmised, it was the coach’s responsibility to use, for want of a better expression, additional encouragement to push the athlete on.  Where Sweetenham, Sutton and British Cycling appear to have missed the point, is that coaching is, and should always be, a two-way relationship.  Whilst exploring the validity of the concept of athlete-centred coaching for my MSc thesis, it became apparent that there has been a shift of both athlete expectations and coach practice that is having a sizable impact on the day-to-day interactions between the two.  If the coach believes that the athlete is either under performing or could achieve higher levels of performance, then this should form part of a coach-athlete discussion which at least explores appropriate methods of bridging that gap.  If extreme levels of encouragement are required, then this should already be by agreement between the coach and athlete.  Nothing between coach and athlete should therefore come as a surprise.

No doubt this topic will rumble on and, sadly, I only have time to briefly introduce my thoughts in these monthly missives.  I therefore remain available to discuss the implications of this and other relevant topics, further with you all by other means.  I will also have to delay reporting on the many other news stories of interest such as the report in last week’s Sunday Times comparing age related marathon performances (this was first reported by Drs Bramble and Lieberman in 2004 and has featured in my running workshops pretty much ever since) and Loughborough University researchers finally accepting that running form is related to running efficiency (ditto).  Take a deep breath, Cowell.  Hopefully, more about both next month.

For now however the focus moves on to the early season training and racing and our athletes are already working hard, recording PBs in a range of disciplines and, in a few cases, qualifying for European and World Championships.  Well done to you all.  We are still busy analysing a range of swim and run video and lactate testing data from the training camp in France (more news to follow) and reviewing food diaries and preparing training plans for the racing season ahead.  In addition, both Sarah and I will be in Glasgow for the 2018 European Sprint Triathlon Qualifier in May (27th), I am penciled in to deliver a workshop at the Ultra Festival in June (3rd/4th) and I will be accompanying Team GB at the Standard Distance Champs in Kitzbuhel (15th – 19th) as the Assistant Manager.  I have been appointed Team Manager for the World Long Distance Duathlon team for September and the sprint Tri team for Glasgow 2018.  A busy summer awaits!

Best wishes to all with your continued racing and training.  Please book any calls, reviews or changes to plans early, especially because of the rapidly filling diary.




Late posting as ever – but March Coaching News is here :)

Coaching News March

This March has become a month for reminders; a reminder that the harder athletes push themselves (or, if you prefer, the harder that coaches push their athletes) then the more at risk they are of injury and illness; a reminder however that if you don’t push yourself as an athlete then you are at risk of not improving; and a reminder that sometimes it can be useful to just escape the linear periodised approach to training and just get out there and crack on with having some fun instead.


In the first instance, and to our disappointment, this has been a tough month for illness and injury.  In one case, the illness may be considered to be the reaction to a demanding training schedule compounded by the additional stressors of work and thus both understandable and, hopefully, controllable through ongoing recovery and realignment of training.  In another instance the injury could be considered a case of over zealous enthusiasm perhaps getting the better of sensible personal administration.  This also can be overcome with a few lessons learnt or at least not repeated again in the future and hopefully full training will resume again shortly.  The third injury has been coming and going for much of the winter and these are the hardest to pin down and thus resolve.  We have an eager athlete, otherwise firing on all cylinders, struggling to overcome an injury.  Or, to be more precise, chasing an injury.  Despite making the necessary adaptations and adjustments to overcome the issue, the injury appears to be on the move resulting in a stop-start approach to training.


Three different issues that are both frustrating and stressful and all requiring a different response.  A coach who doesn’t sufficiently reduce the training load for an athlete in these situations could be considered negligent at the very least.  However, it can also be all too easy to over react in these situations and dial the training back too far resulting in reduced progression.  Historically, in these situations I have tended to be over cautious, relying on the athlete to determine when they feel it is appropriate to return to training.  As much as it is the coaches roll to guide and advise, ultimately the athlete must learn to feel and understand how their body is working and be prepared to make the necessary action or, indeed, inaction as required.  It can take a long time to understand the many nuances of a body, particularly a body under strain and yet as athletes we all need to achieve this level of self awareness.  This is quite a responsibility for any athlete and patience is required.


So, what is the answer when the usual responses appear to be ineffective?  Well, the third reminder this month has been that sometimes you should just get out there and train.  This isn’t a claim for continual unstructured training, but is a call for just occasionally heading into the hills and having some fun.  As multisport athletes, we are advantaged by having three disciplines to play with and, when one doesn’t want to play, we can at least focus on the other two.  To that end, we were delighted to have enjoyed some pretty serious but fun training over the last week in France, particularly in cycling and swimming.


The roads of the Midi-pyrenees are perfect for training on, the best being regularly resurfaced for the Tour de France and the worst still better than much of the UK.  The hills are challenging without being impossible to ride and range from rolling to steady 30 minute climbs.  The descents are sufficiently challenging to allow the development of bike handling skills.  The rides between the vineyards and villages with the occasional coffee stop made for both enjoyable and successful training.  Add in the 50m heated outdoor swimming pool and the running trails and we have the perfect location for some less structured fun to which we will return again soon.


Now it is back to business with the race season upon us and our attention must turn to refining the progress made this winter.  Those few injuries aside, the opening races have been going extremely well and we appear set for a great season ahead.  Please keep up the good work and remain conscious of how your body is working and recovering at all times.


Coaching News February 2017

As much as I would like to welcome in the spring months of March and April, February is just too short to complete all the necessary tasks required to successfully prepare for the new racing season ahead.  Despite this continued time pressure, our athletes heralded this return with some excellent early season racing at the weekend at both half marathons and at the Ashridge Duathlon.  We put a lot of pressure on ourselves as athletes to always perform well and, as a coach I have the added pressure of taking responsibility for balancing an athletes desire for a strong early season performance with a need to remain focused on the A races later in the season.  This can require some sensitive balancing of training, maintaining momentum and improvements in performance but still enabling a positive outcome to help retain athlete enthusiasm.  Judging by Sunday’s results, so far so good!

This is, of course, only one of the challenges of coaching and, at the end of a busy month of coach education for Triathlon England completing Level 2 courses in West Sussex, Leeds and Crystal Palace, these new coaches will find that far harder tasks await them throughout their coaching careers.  In fact, it was on the early morning drive into London last Saturday that I was reminded of one of these challenges, the remarkable research highlighting that bees can not only be taught skills but that they are then able to pass on this education to other bees.  As ever, what is in reality a key principle of education and, more specifically, coach education, has been lost in the triviality of the popular press.  The BBC have associated this learning with football and that bees are able to score goals.  Even the Science Magazine (or the on-line version, at least) is focusing on the innovation of the bees in resolving this challenge.

Whilst I do not want to be seen to be playing down the skill displayed by bees…they after all have been successfully adapting to the challenge of living alongside civilization (such as that is).  But it is only in the early hours, and probably only on radio, that scientists are allowed anything more than the opportunity to offer the most basic of sound bites.  Even then, I can’t put this down to the journalistic skill of the radio presenter and nor was the scientist keen to tell the world of what, to me at least, was the punch line.  It was approaching the end of the interview when it became apparent that the scientists had been trying to train the bees for some time but this had been without success.  As we now discover, this was not an inability of the bees to be trained, but an inability of the coach (the scientist) to find the correct method of demonstration from which the bees could learn.  As a coach and, even more importantly, as a coach educator, this is an extremely important lesson to learn for two reasons.

Firstly, this reminds us that the coach may have to be selective in assigning a teaching methodology to ensure that every athlete has the best chance at learning.  Although learning theory has been debunked in coaching circles if not educational ones, the coach still needs to be creative in delivery style, especially if not everyone is learning at the same pace.  Secondly, and more importantly, however, what we can learn from the bees is that all too often we discount many people because they can’t swim or can’t run and yet, is it not possible or even probably that the coach simply hasn’t found the correct coaching strategy?  If bees can be taught to score goals, surely there is nothing beyond us all if we have a coach who is sufficiently patient in seeking the correct coaching strategy and the athlete sufficiently motivated to do the work.  This is certainly food for thought, as the bees almost certainly didn’t say.

Returning to projects that are closer to home; March sees another action packed month.   Another Level 2 Triathlon Coach education course starts this weekend in Lincoln and then Sarah and I are putting the final preparations into place for the St-Michel-de-Vax training camp.  We still have a number of places available for this camp which is all inclusive from airport collection to departure.  Our colleague in France, Britta Sorensen, has been working very hard to make this opportunity available and I have just seen Sarah’s proposed meal plan to keep the athletes (and coaches) going which looks great.  The outdoor heated pool is perfect for early season training and for confirming pace and the Tour de France roads offer a chance to stretch out.  Add in the beautiful scenery for running and to learn some bike handling skills climbing and descending Milhars.  Although we aim to be repeating the camp in future, the introductory price remains unrepeatable, so please confirm soonest if you wish to join us.

The camp will mean that Sarah and I will travel out on the 15th March and therefore I will aim to get most of the training plans out to athletes before we go.  I will of course be contactable during this time but there may be a slightly delayed response so please be patient!

Finally, it is great to have a few athletes return and to share a new set of objectives with you and to welcome some new athletes to the fold and to look forward to assisting you in achieving your athletic aspirations.

Happy training!




Coaching News January 2017

13458494_10154236615222008_679917981928979701_oAs we start this new year of training and racing, it is worth considering some of the lessons learnt in 2016 and to put them into practice early on in the year so that they can become part of the routine before we reach the competition season.  Whether our objectives are pure running races or multisport where running may be the first and, more usually, the last discipline, developing an effective running strategy can determine the difference between success and failure.

One method of making effective use of running ability is to learn to run uphill efficiently.  There is a significant energy cost to running uphill fast, as I am sure we have all discovered, and one that doesn’t pay an equal dividend on the descent.  In recent years, particularly in Long Distance triathlon, we have seen the development of the run/walk strategy to help eke out energy levels.  This has, in particular, enabled triathletes to walk up hill or, more usefully, to walk through aid stations.  Often however, this strategy has resulted in triathletes both walking up hill and walking through aid stations.  The rationale for this strategy is that the triathlete can run faster in between walking and thereby achieve a greater performance*.  With a standard LD triathlon run/walk strategy of running for six minutes and walking for one, even with a conservative calculation, the run portion would have to be 10% faster than a consistent seven minutes of running to allow the strategy to pay off.  Over a target four hour marathon, that equates to running at a pace that is potentially 24 minutes faster, but still producing a four hour time.

(*For those of us brought up in the no pain, no gain era, the run/walk strategy was a fantastic opportunity to help assuage the guilt we felt when the Ironman shuffle turned into a walk.  Sadly, I know too much to deflect the feeling that I had simply not done enough training!).

I would argue that a combination of correct preparation (training) and the implementation of good running form would support a consistent run strategy and enable the average triathlete to achieve a highly respectable 3:36 for the 26 miles.  Learning to run uphill efficiently would form a part of that strategy (as would downhill and flat running too) and this requires two things.  Firstly, of course, the triathlete needs to learn how to improve their running form, and secondly, how to focus on the process of running during competition.

Focusing on the process rather than the outcome has been made popular as a result of the publicity surrounding the training methodologies employed by Team Sky/Team GB.  However, this method has been at the disposal of the thinking athlete for many years and is popular amongst long distance runners in particular.  To successfully deploy such a strategy in racing requires the athlete to practice during training, and developing good running form is the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone.  Improve the efficiency and learn to focus on the process.

A run/walk strategy shouldn’t be discounted entirely, however.  Learning to successfully run long distance allows the athlete to learn so much about their body, their pace management, their energy levels and their resilience.  The additional advantage of focusing on the process is that the athlete will immediately recognise when they have exceeded their capacity and this is where a run/walk strategy can save the day.  A fine exponent of this has been Emma Pooley who has used a run/walk strategy to successfully win the World Long Distance Duathlon Championships over the past three years.  This is, however, her fall back position; the bulk of the racing was done before she elected to walk the steeper of the Zofingen hills.

In part, the lesson here is in developing good running form so that you can run efficiently, but also to use every moment of your training to prepare for competition.  Simon Whitfield, the winner of the first male Olympic Triathlon gold, says that in the lead up to his success in Sydney some 17 years ago, everything he did simply fell into place.  He asserts that it was this good fortune that led to him coming home first.  I would argue that, if you prepare well, not only do you increase the chances of things falling into place, but also you will quickly recognise when things aren’t working, giving you the opportunity to implement an alternative strategy.  Only by training the way you intend to race will enable you to firstly establish what does work, but also to develop those little workaround strategies that eventually simply fall into place seamlessly when required.

Until these contingency strategies become seamless, focusing on the process will be your saviour.  Those of you who have attended a Natural Running Form workshop will have been advised to copy the professional runners and create a top down or bottom up mechanism of focusing on your running form.  Not only is this the simplest method available to you for focusing on the process when running, it also provides you with a clear head for when you need to introduce a contingency strategy, allowing you to stay in control and achieve your full potential.  Put simply, if you practice this in training, it will become second nature for your racing allowing you to race with your heart on fire and your brain on ice.  As I continue with my own rehabilitation, this is becoming a useful mantra to follow, reminding me to focus on my own form!

Although I don’t think that I will be racing yet this year, my immediate incentive to return to form is to take a full and active part at this year’s opening triathlon/duathlon training camp in St. Michel de Vax in the Midi Pyrenees in March.  I am looking forward to this opportunity to complete some concentrated training although I fear that I will be trying to hang onto your back wheels rather than leading the rides!  Thankfully, we have Britta Sorensen to help lead these sessions to allow me to focus on coaching.  We still have some availability for this action-packed first camp running from 18th March – 25th March at an introductory, all inclusive**, rate of £650.00.  Further details available on the website  or by email.  Please confirm soonest if you would like to go so that I can factor in your training requirements to the itinerary.

(**from airport pick up to airport drop off, subject to conditions).

Please note therefore that I will be in France from 15th March to 27th March and, although I will be providing training plans as usual, the internet can be a little unreliable and I may be unable to Skype or FaceTime.  Please therefore schedule any calls prior to the 15th where possible, although I probably won’t refuse an opportunity to sneak to a café if you need to talk during this time!

I hope that this newsletter finds you all well and, from what I am hearing, you are all coping with the weather and completing some excellent training.  Please keep it up.  For coached athletes, the invoices are on their way.  Remember, keep your heart on fire, and your brain on ice.