The regularity with which coaches are witnessing the “I want it now” impatience of young people with regard to the payoffs of sports has become at best a talking point and at worst a nagging headache that promises ongoing challenges for the foreseeable future.
The concept of the flow, or being in the zone for an artist, is very much like the state an athlete achieves (or strives to achieve) for peak performance. It’s that place beyond all the effort, where time is meaningless and everything just flows.
Fitness goals are important on several counts. They hold us accountable, expand our definition of possible, and encourage us to push through temporary discomfort for longer-lasting change. But figuring out how to set fitness goals you’ll actually want to attain can be part art, part science.
At 2 p.m., Adam Ottavino, the Red Sox’ setup man, emerged from the empty dugout in shorts and a T-shirt. He immediately kicked off his flip-flops, and he was barefoot in the park. Fenway Park, that is.