Coaching Lessons 2013
by Gordo Byrn
With most everyone’s season winding down, at least in the northern hemisphere, I thought that I’d share three lessons that I picked up from our team in 2012.
The Off-Season Marathon is an event that I typically don’t support. For most athletes, there is too much of a drop in bike volume and the training is too fast relative to triathlon race pace. However, I advise a speedy athlete who doesn’t give me veto rights over his race schedule. So I had the opportunity to coach a winter marathon (New York 2011).
My athlete didn’t peak for New York but he raced well for the time of year. Relative to his marathon potential, he underperformed a little but:
Recently, I was reminded of the benefit of a late-season swim camp with an athlete’s prep for Kona. If you’re an experienced athlete racing after September then, odds are, you’re in great bike and run shape. Something I like to include is a three-week swim camp that ends one week out from your AAA-race. Structure:
The swim camp keeps highly motivated athletes from over-cooking themselves with bike/run load prior to their late-season events.
This year, I tweaked my bike prep approach and used sustained cycling intensity within our team. Three specific workouts showed excellent results:
The sessions required extended recovery for the athletes but targeted a strategic limiter in their athletic toolkits. The sessions were only completed three to five times across the season and had a great return on investment. You don’t need a lot of the tough stuff to see significant results.
When you’re doing your strategic planning for 2013 -- remember to keep what worked.
Gordo is the founder of Endurance Corner. You can find his personal blog here.