Artisan- one trained to manual dexterity or skill in a trade.

An artisan is therefore a person engaged in or occupied by the practice of a craft, who may through experience and talent reach the expressive levels of an art  in their work and what they create (according to wikipedia).

My dear sweet Alli baked some artisan bread last night, her attentive labour beautiful to behold, final product near heaven to taste.

Team Nebraska is also an artisanal expression.  There is no degree program, no trade school curriculum that can prepare one for crafting and maintaining a USATF Elite Development Club.  More a school of hard knocks if you will, learning by trial and error.  Learning as you go, some lessons as instant as touching a hot stove, others taking years to absorb and understand.  What works, what doesn’t.  Practicing and adjusting for variables and changes unexpected, never taking climates or pressures or egos for granted.

That is the way it is when working with people.  There is no guidebook that can help you predict personalities and outcomes, only experience teaches you.  The myriad natures that are dealt with on a daily basis, each requiring individualized attention and care in order to be part of a well crafted final product.  The final product, A Team.  A Team that comes together, each ingredient playing an integral and indispensable part of a wholly aesthetically and athletically pleasing outcome.  Stepping back at the end of the day, looking at this Team, and saying, yes, this is Good Work.  An artisan’s love and passion for what he does.  This makes me a Very Lucky man indeed.

A lot of our Wednesday Night Track Work members headed to the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines this weekend.  They’ve been working so very hard this summer.  We’ll wish them all good luck, great racing and Giddyup at tonight’s meeting at Millard West.  And a reminder that we will have Omaha Physical Therapy Institute on hand to perform running evaluations tonight.  Going to be hot so be sure and bring water bottles for you and your kiddos too.  See you then and there!