Senior Sarah Ortes (Classical, Providence, RI) and Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) were the winners at this year’s Weightarama. Coles continued his nearly undefeated season while Ortes hit a new personal best for the win.
It’s now been a year since the pandemic started and lockdowns started around the world. The impact has been massive for everyone. And while I think we all wish we didn’t have to go through the experience, there is a thing or two we can learn from the past year.
Recently, it seems everyone has discovered the value of sleep. While we all know intuitively how important sleep can be, the science of sleep in sport has been slow to follow. Pat Byrne was a pioneer of developing sleep and fatigue programs in sports. On this week’s GAINcast he discusses what we know about sleep, and busts a few myths about sleep as well.
Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) rebounded from a disappointing finish at Saturday’s Rhode Island State Championships to set a new personal best and capture the win on Sunday at the adidas Indoor Nationals in Virigina. Teammamte Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan (Woonsocket, RI) also set a personal best for second place. In the girl’s competition Natalia Surdej (Lancaster, NY) had several throws over 60 feet to easily win the girl’s competition.
John Fay (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI) was the surprise winner at the Rhode Island Indoor State Championships on Saturday. He added more than three feet to his best in the fourth round to take the lead and never looked back, upsetting national leader Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI), and in the process. State leader Sophia Gallucci (Coventry, RI) led four throwers over 50 feet in the girl’s competition to capture the win.
The site theme in February was microdosing. We took an in depth look at how small bouts of training can add up to produce big results. Throughout the month we put together 7 new articles, 2 podcasts, and 1 new video from 10 contributors with ideas on how to use this approach in different scenarios. Below we have links to all our new and archived content on microdosing.
At various points in my career I’ve experimented with different forms of minimalist training. Both as an elite athlete, and more recently as a middle aged coach I have found many benefits of short focused training sessions. As our February site theme is microdosing, I wanted to share some of my own experiences with this type of training.
Creating your own program takes a lot of leg work. It isn’t just about adapting a template to your situation; it is about seeking out influences and inspiration from numerous sources and making them your own. On this week’s episode we dive into the program at Notre Dame High School by analyzing some of the foundational influences and how they have been adapted, as well as important elements done on the periphery.
At Friday’s RITCA Last Chance Meet, athletes from across Rhode Island notched improvements. National leaders Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI), and Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan (Woonsocket, RI) both improved their personal bests, while state leader Sophia Gallucci (Coventry, RI) also added an inch to her best.
We often think about the stimulus of key sessions or training phases. But more often than not adaptations come from the accumulation of training over the long-term. On this week’s episode we look at the cumulative training effect, the role of small doses of training stimulus, and how to connect sessions together to enhance the cumulative effect.