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  • Sun, May 29, 2016 8:38 AM | Kirk Siegel (Administrator)

    Master  coach Dick Taylor recently talked with Telstar Middle School track runners about their shin splints, strains or jams. In Dick's talking points below, he explains their experience to them in light of their mysterious and often chaotic phases of growth. Says Dick, "I was also trying to teach them how to avoid some of those shocks by more accurately understanding how their bodies create the best movement."

    Body change sequences when kids start growing:

    Bones grow (lengthen) first, extending your levers.

    Muscles follow, lagging behind a little, so for a while they’re stretched extra by the bones they’re hitched to. They’ll feel less flexible because of that. Easy running and gentle stretching help them out.

    Ligaments and tendons are last in line to grow. They’re the cushions and finer spring works around the joints where the muscles also attach.

    The extra leverage possible with greater limb length can produce greater force and speed of movement, but it’s too soon to attempt it. The muscles, ligaments and tendons are too tender for full speed or length. Things can too easily be shocked or jammed, running too hard or jumping.

    So how do you approach running as fast as you’d like? Focus on technique – the big circle underneath your hip joints – springing up from your toes, feathery, as your knees lift nicely. You may be oddly upright doing this, and tall, as if looking down from the shed roof, barely connecting with the ground, just brushing the ground passing beneath you.

    But just focusing on the springy movement creates its own speed, without your having to press for it, and allows the leg/foot springs to cushion each landing. Relying on the natural “let go” and avoiding any jamming or shock to muscles and joints. It’s how you maintain your own growth and steady progress, the way your body likes best to move.

    And there will always be up’s and down’s. Expect both, discover both, both have useful information for you. Be patient, love the details.

    Coaches, here’s an instructive story about American Pharoah’s development into a Triple Crown winner. (New York Times, April 18, 2016), “An Early Glimpse of Magic.”

    I’ll quote just a couple of things.

    “The first time the McKathan brothers let the colt sample what an open gallop felt like, it was at once breathtaking and terrifying. He burst into a stride that had him skipping over the ground like a hovercraft. He went way too fast and way too far. When the rider finally pulled him up, J.B. McKathan told him, ‘If you let that horse run again, I’m going to break your arm’….. the brothers did everything in their power not to tax the colt. He was still growing, still getting fit, and they were afraid he would get hurt…..None of his riders were allowed to use a whip on him….”

    Some of the best training books I’ve read are about working with horses, million dollar horses, which is what our youngsters are.

    rt 5/19/16


  • Sun, May 22, 2016 8:40 AM | Kirk Siegel (Administrator)

    From Wade Kavanaugh, BOC Club Coach:

    The BOC has won the bid to host the 2017 Bill Koch Festival March 3-5th, 2017!

    Yes, it's going to be a ton of work.

    But, it's going to be a lot of fun too and we hope it will give all of our local skiers a chance to participate in this great event.

    The theme for the Festival will be "Protect Our Winters."  Yes, it's more political than most festivals, but in addition to just appreciating winter, I think our Club is in agreement that it's important to advocate for winter.

    If you have ideas about how to offer programming or activities around this theme, I would love to hear them.

    More to come soon,

    Wade wadekavanaugh@gmail.com

    ps: Here's the link to the NENSA announcement:

    https://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7591

    From the archives--the Festival Logo when BOC hosted in 2006:


  • Mon, May 09, 2016 6:13 AM | Kirk Siegel (Administrator)

    BOC president Norm Greenberg accepting the 2016 BACC Special Recognition Award with BOC bookkeeper Julia Reuter.


  • Sun, April 24, 2016 7:06 AM | Kirk Siegel (Administrator)

    The race is Saturday, July 16—and it will be here before we know it

    Time to start planning…….

    I have secured the same spot as we had our meeting and potluck:

    Organizational Meeting

    Mollyockett Day Race 

    Sunday, April 24, 4 to 5 p.m.

    Millbrook Tavern Porch

    Bethel Inn

    Since many of you were involved last year, and we know what is involved, the meeting should be brief and productive.

    Tentative Agenda 

    1. I will come with organizer/planning sheets like last year, updated from what we learned.
    2. We will start with a brief whole group meeting to get oriented to a few updates and a couple of decisions we need to make. On my list so far:
      1. Updates:
        1. Parade moved from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. start—very good for us
        2. No vendors on Main St. this year—also good for us, but means Main St. not closed to car traffic
        3. Our timer is committed—same as last year
        4. Sponsors to date / Coordinating/sharing sponsors with Kids Triathlon (now officially a BOC race, and one that has not had sponsorships in the past)
      2. Decisions:
        1. Proposal to add an Adult 1-mile race?
        2. If we add an 1-mile for adults, do we still keep the 2-mile walk?
        3. Prizes: how many to go for; and do we have a raffle or not?
        4. Buying racer amenity bags for $0.17/each
      3. Other? Feel free to email me other agenda items or bring them up on the spot
    3. We will break into teams according to what aspect of the race and planning you want to work on:
      1. Course Set up
      2. Registration set up: Tents and other materials
      3. Registration / day-of-race entries
      4. Refreshments—food and drink
      5. Advertising: 
        1. Sending info to free websites / online 
        2. Brochures and Posters
      6. Prizes and Ribbons
      7. T-shirts
      8. Diaper Dash


    Carlie Casey

    17 Eden Lane / P. O. Box 197

    Bethel ME 04217 USA


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