Hanlan’s Spirit - training for flow book by Jim Joy is now listed for sale in the Rowperfect shop. Or buy both and save!
This book’s importance is the connection between training the body and training the mind. don’t be deceive by the title – although Jimmy Joy has written it in the spirit of Ned Hanlan whose skill and ‘one-ness’ with his scull were legend, the lessons and techniques explained in the second half of the book are appropriate for all coaches and athletes who care about skilful rowing.
The book is in two parts, the first sets out both the history of Ned Hanlan and Joy’s own philosophy of mind/body integration for optimal rowing and sculling experience.
The second part is a tutorial, taking the reader throughout four stages of the rowing stroke release,e recovery, drive and entry. Each explaining where and how to teach flow.
The concept of a “peak sporting experience” is well-known by athletes and coaches – it is described by athletes after moments of intense endeavour and outstanding results as the feeling of ease and slow-motion such that the game seems effortless.
What is Flow in Rowing?
I’ve personally experienced this very intensely once in my rowing life. The Tideway Scullers School womens eight beat the selected England Commonwealth eight in the first round at Henley Royal Regatta. [Read more...]