With the post-season in full swing for high school and universities, it is a great time to talk about meet preparation and peaking. This episode starts off by discussion different ways to approach the days leading into a competition as well as mental preparation for meets. We then turn to the larger topic of peaking and compare both traditional approaches and discuss Bondarchuk’s method of tapering.
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Further ReadingFor further information on this subject, check out the following articles on HMMR Media and elsewhere:
- Over on Dan McQuaid’s blog he writes about the standard approach John Smith takes and how flexibility there allowed for a new national junior record and NCAA title for his young pupil Raven Saunders this winter.
- But planning isn’t only part of meet preparation. Kibwé Johnson comments on the mental side of meet preparation. And sometimes the plan doesn’t matter. When you are in shape you just need to compete since you never know exactly when that throw might come, as I wrote in reflecting on one of my meets.
- Our Training Talk with Olympic hammer thrower Kevin McMahon also discusses how his coach Ed Burke prepared him for meets with in-practice simulations.
- In this post from 2012 I discuss Bondarchuk’s approach to tapering, the concept of density, and some of Dan Pfaff‘s comments on the topic.
- And finally, some comments by Vern Gambetta on peaking and tapering.