And Another. . .

Not my training calender.

Continuing to find good  stuff in my browsing of the interwebs (it’s like a series of tubes. . .).  Here’s an excellent post by Joe Friel, cycling and triathlon coach, on training and how consistency and doing just enough to improve is more important then ‘going hard’ all the time.  This echos in my personal workouts this summer; too much time trying to ‘get fast’, not enough time planning for improvement and recovering from specific hard sessions.  I just printed the calender for Cyclocross season and need to do some thinking about being more deliberate with my time and efforts, especially as we kick off fall season and time gets tight.

By the same token, I’m starting to plan training for Pioneer Crew’s fall season.  Training a crew can be more interesting then training individuals because you can only work at the fitness level of the whole group.  Highly fit athletes- who most certainly contribute more to boatspeed- often find the workload not challenging enough, while those who neglected their training during summer will struggle a bit to keep up through the opening weeks as their fitness catches up.  As I’ve been rowing the single it’s been a great reminder of how long it can take to develop a solid, consistent stroke and build that up to some semblance of racing speed; programing for this fall there’s lots of work down low (16-22) to develop rhythm and power and a constant push to build higher (22->30) to get us to racing speed by the end of the fall.  Once more the above post was timely in that it made me go back and make sure to cut out some chaff; training we don’t need to do, we won’t do.

The wrap up to all these rambling thoughts is this; I know a lot of programs set themselves out to “train really hard” or “do a ton of work”.  I prefer to keep our focus on consistency, athlete development, and targeted intensity that supports constant improvement.  We’ve had very few injuries doing this kind of work (the most common time to get hurt is when you’re exhausted) and I can say last year that all of our crews went fastest at the end of the year.  That, to me, is successful training.

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