Some thoughts

Don’t take what you read as gospel. There is little that is new. Always trace the origins.

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If you think you have it figured out

Maybe you have just completed a successful season and won a championship. The temptation is to rest on your laurels. To do the same training again. In order to stay the same, you must change. Rethink what and how you did it.

What must be reemphasized? What must be changed? How can I build on this year’s success? What is necessary to avoid stagnation and continue to achieve adaptation? The athletes will quickly accommodate to the stimulus. If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got. Terrible English but an important point to consider in order to get optimum return from training. So how do you progress? It is also necessary to recognize that there are certain training periods where you just need to put your nose to the grindstone and get after it. Sometimes you don’t really need to change the training the stimulus, just change the sequence of where it is placed in a program. Change is always uncomfortable, especially after achieving success. Sustained excellence demands continual change.

Muscles firing: where is the switch?

This is a post I wrote over many years ago, if anything this thinking is more pervasive now than it was then.

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Three books to kick off 2021

These three books are among the best I have read in the past several years.

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Volume

Anyone can do more. Can you do more better? Is doing more really necessary? It is very easy to default to volume, in fact it is seductive to see the miles, tons or reps climb. At early stages of development doing more usually yields commensurate results, the more you do the better you get, but then what? The point of diminishing returns kicks in. Do you push through it or do you adjust?

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Vern Gambetta

The set-up concept

Nothing we do in training occurs in isolation. Everything we do is related. Training is cumulative. No one workout can make an athlete, but one workout can break an athlete. Therefore, keeping those two axioms in mind no training session should stand alone. Each workout should be linked to the workout that preceded it and to the session that follows.

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Some life lessons

This morning on my walk I was thinking about what I have learned in my 74 years on this planet. Life has been good to be. There have been up and downs, but mostly I have been able to keep moving forward. Since I have more yesterdays than tomorrows, I find myself reflecting more. Here are my thoughts on life lessons from this morning’s walk.

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Speed 101: the essence of it

This is my attempt to summarize the essence of sprinting. Nothing complicated, just the basics. No need to complicate.

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Starting year 53

I just started my 53rd year of coaching. It’s been a journey, ups and downs but always moving forward, always learning and working to get better. What has sustained me has been the athletes I have been able to work with who inspired and continue to inspire me.

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Training method evaluation

I have been getting many questions asking my opinion about various training methods that are being discussed online. Rather than comment specifically on each I will respond in a generic manner to help everyone develop their own universal filter.

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