Balance is vital in throwing. Mac Wilkens makes that point well in his classic discus instructional tape. Speed and power are worthless without being on balance. That is not the balance I am writing about today. I am talking about balance from the mega-macro view; keeping a balance in your life. In athletics it is very easy get out of balance. Success requires commitment to training and preparation.To compete at a high level requires alot of time. That is the choice that each athlete has to make. Our willingness to choose to invest our time and energy towards our physical goals sets us apart from much of the common herd of humanity. However if we are not careful, it can dominate our lives so completely that we miss out on many other rewarding experiences.At BYU this past year, the basketball coach, Dave Rose, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Luckily it turned out to be a rare form that is curable and not the more common type that is a death sentence; the type that took Patrick Swayze last year. This has given Coach Rose a new perspective on life. In a recent USA Today article Rose, 52, says he is a changed man because of a promise he made — to God, his wife, his children and himself.
"I promised that if I got healthy to where I could (coach), that I'd be able to manage it," "I couldn't go back into a situation where I wasn't going to respect the fact that I'd been ill."
He returned with a different mind-set. In a profession in which days off are scarce and round-the-clock work days are the norm, Rose emphasizes quality time, not quantity.
When he was cleared to go back to coaching, his wife, Cheryl, said, "I was concerned before (the cancer), I felt like he was trying to sprint a marathon. And I kept telling him, 'You can't keep this pace up.' … He had no other interests or hobbies. My children were worried."
She, too, had become so consumed with wins and losses that she had started to dread the sport, which she had enjoyed long before she married Rose nearly 30 years ago. She used to scream at referees, she says.
"I didn't want people to talk to me. I wanted to watch every play.
"We'd win a game, and everyone was excited and I would just be relieved. It wasn't joy."
The joy is back for Rose, his wife and children: daughters Chanell, 28, and Taylor, 15, and son Garrett, 25.
His job has been hectic as usual since he returned full time Aug. 1, but Rose takes more time for family, including four grandchildren. He and Cheryl have hiked trails along Provo's surrounding mountains, something they never had done.
"I still believe I give the players the very best I can to prepare them to win," he says. "You realize these are hard jobs and they're really important, but they can become all-consuming. They need to be prioritized."
And he's mindful of the promises he made during his illness.
"He's lived up to them," Cheryl says. "He absolutely has."
What can a thrower learn from a basketball coach?
Work hard. Train hard. Compete with intensity when the time comes; but remember to enjoy the journey and never forget that life is so much more than lifting and throwing heavy objects.(as fun as that is) Sometimes a few moments of reflection on another's experience can help us to "live like we were dying" and appreciate the value of balance in our lives.
You can read the entire article at:http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/mwest/2010-02-17-byu-rose-cover_N.htm