Today I travel to San Antonio to attend and speak at the Track & Cross Country coach’s convention. I look forward to this each year as a chance to get back to my roots in Track & Field, learn from the best and catch up with old friends. I am privileged to do two presentations to my peers. This means a lot to me because of the level of coaches I will be presenting to and the pure nature of the sport- RUN/JUMP/THROW. Preparing for these talks reminded me again of how much I owe to the sport of Track & Field and the coaches in that sport who encouraged and mentored me. It also reminds me of the great people that I have been fortunate to coach in that sport, some of whom were great performers, but most of all were great people. That is what I cherish more each year. The performances pale into insignificance, but the memories of the athlete’s as people is what lasts.
My first talk is Monday afternoon; the topic is Strength Training for the Middle Distance & Distance Runner. I will talk more about that in another post. My second talk on Tuesday is on Designing & Implementing Effective Workouts. I am going to focus on the things I have seen over the years that are the common pitfalls/errors that stand in the way of an effective workout. Here are the five areas I will present on:
- Too Much- Escaping the volume loading trap
- Too Soon- Understanding progression and the accumulation of training
- Getting Ready- Proper warm-up & preparation for the training session and competition
- Getting Strong- Understanding and training the spectrum strength demands of each event
- Planning- Shifting the focus to the microcycle and the training session