Over the past month we’ve run a series on endurance training, first discussing concepts and methods and then outlining the basics of athletic development for endurance athletes. On this week’s podcast we bring the conversation full circle to discuss how to bring it all together with coach John Larralde. Larralde shares examples of how he has used different methods with different athletes from different athletes can produce top results.
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Sophomore Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) set a national freshman class record last season. To start out the 2018 indoor season he already sits as the national leader. In his first meet of the season he hit a personal best of nearly four feet, just a half inch under the 12 year old national freshman class record. On the girl’s side Chandler Hayden (Pittsfield, IL) started the season of sensationally. The junior added 12 feet to her personal best from last year to take the early national lead with one of last year’s leaders Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) sitting in second position.
We might think of coaching as being different than leadership, but the simple fact is that good coaches are good leaders. Being a good leader allows coaches to get the most out of their athletes and makes their whole team more than a sum of its parts. On this episode of the podcast we what makes a good leader, discuss our latest readings on leadership, and share examples of good and bad leadership from our own experiences.
Earlier this week we posted the first part of our interview with Dean Benton, head of Sports Science for the England Senior Rugby Team. Our interview covers a variety of topics on rest and recovery, and to start with we looked at sleep. Below we continue with part two of the interview where we continue to discuss rehabilitation strategies, recovery methods, and coping with travel demands.
Both Vern and I have been on the road a lot over the past two months, attending conferences across Europe and the US. On this week’s episode we discuss the new connections we’ve made, some key lessons learned from many of the keynote speakers, and more.
After tackling adaptation as last month’s theme, our focus at HMMR Media moves on to rest and recovery in December. To kick things off we sat down with Dean Benton, one of the leading practitioners in this area. Benton is currently head of Sports Science for the England Senior Rugby Team. In this role he is responsible for the co-ordination, design and delivery of athletic performance, sport science, recovery, rehabilitation, reconditioning to the England Senior Rugby team in the lead into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
One of the sad realities in life is that training at age 40 is just not the same as training at age 20. The sooner we accept that, the better we can plan training for experienced athletes. On this week’s episode weightlifting coach Matt Foreman joins us to discuss training as a masters athlete, his own experiences, and the mental side of staying focused as the years go by.
After focusing on getting back to the basics in October, we turned our attention to a new site theme in November: adaptation. In one sense, adaptation is the most basic element of training; everything we do is aimed at trying to get the body to adapt. But the body is complex, which makes our job difficult. Throughout the month we put together a variety of resources to help understand that complexity. An overview is below.
Adaptation is the basis of training; we want to adapt to a high level. But the body is not a simple organism and adaptation is not a simple formula. On this episode of the podcast we talk about some of the key factors to consider with adaptation and how that impacts coaching.
One of the paradoxes of planning is that, on the one hand, we need to be flexible in our approach so that we can adapt to the complexity of reality. On the other hand, however, human nature makes us less flexible the more time we spend planning. If you follow this logic it means that we should spend less time planning if we want to be plan better. When I was talking about this topic with John Kiely at September’s Scottish Athletics Coaching Conference we agreed that this certainly isn’t the message we want to send to young coaches. But there is nevertheless something to that idea. And if you look at some of the research from behavioral economics there are a few strategies we can adopt that might help us solve this conundrum.