La Seu d’Urgell, Catalunya, October 15, 2021 (Joe Jacobi Photo)

Randy didn’t just come across town to meet me for this coffee. He and his family have just landed in Barcelona… from Arkansas.

While here, they will ride their bicycles on some of Spain’s most beautiful roads. …

Parc del Segre, La Seu d’Urgell, Catalunya, Autumn, 2021 (Joe Jacobi Photo)

“My desire is to make some decisions regarding allocating my energy, time, and resources going forward.”

After reading this sentence, what preceded and followed in Jacqui’s email, which included a defined problem and desired outcome, were less important to me.


Because of Jacqui’s attention to the word, “energy.”


Corfu, Greece (Joe Jacobi photo)

“It’s a basic equation, Joe,” Fritz enthusiastically conveys to me.

“X1 + X2 + X3 + X… = Your best performance,” he continues. “Identify your variables, make each one as good as you possibly can, and this is your optimal performance.”

Motivating me, the young athlete, may not have been…

Corfu, Greece (Joe Jacobi Photo)

On a day that marks the completion of my 52nd lap around the sun, I thought to share some reflections that feel relevant at this moment in time.

These reflections may sometimes appear to contradict each other. But, as I have considered and embraced each one along my journey down…

La Seu d’Urgell Catalunya, Spring, 2021 (Joe Jacobi Photo)

Before checking out for the summer, let’s divert from our normal “story and point of transfer” format and do something a little different with today’s Sunday Morning Joe post.

Today, I am sharing some resources that contribute to or align with the ideas about which I typically write as well…

Riu Noguera Pallaresa, Sort, Catalunya (Joe Jacobi Photo)

“So, what are you going to do when you get back home?” asks Bill.

“I’d like to speak to groups and share our story,” I reply.

Bill is the Head Coach of the U.S. Olympic Canoe Slalom Team.

The bus upon which we are riding is a part of a…

Parc del Segre, La Seu d’Urgell, August 2 1992

The loud auditory beep sounds briefly but clearly in this eerily quiet moment.

The line transitioning from one phase of life to another is crossed.

In this moment, contentment surrounds us.

But being humans, we begin to search for confirmation of exactly how content we are…

The scoreboard that overlooks…

Dora Baltea River, Ivrea, Italy, May, 2021 (Joe Jacobi photo)

On a cool morning sitting in comfortable lawn chairs in the podium area beside the roaring Dora Baltea River, we breathe in the thick tension of this anticipated day. …

1992 Olympic Games, Parc del Segre, La Seu d’Urgell, Catalunya (photo courtesy of Ramon Ganyet)

At the Parc del Segre, just a few seconds of sprinting our doubles canoe across calm water separates the Olympic start line from the first drop on the river channel where we descend into the whitewater.

From outside the river, our quick and synchronized strokes off the start line must…

Parc del Segre, La Seu d’Urgell, Catalunya (Joe Jacobi photo)

“More pasta? Lecky asks me.

“Of course!” I reply.

On a cold, late winter evening in northwestern Connecticut, in a rustic house next the training site on the Housatonic River, we stand up from our places in the living room and make our way towards the kitchen.

Plates in hand…

Joe Jacobi

Olympic Gold Medalist & Performance Coach helping leaders & teams perform their best without compromising their lives.

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