Saturday, May 19, 2012
"In interviews, Solinsky has blamed his own aggressiveness in training for his injury.
Schumacher thinks Solinsky is being too hard on himself.
"He'll come back wiser," Schumacher said. "You can push hard and work hard and still make good decisions. Sometimes, maybe, that got lost in his desire to be great. That happens.
"I'll take an athlete who has that type of passion and drive over someone who doesn't. It's a fine line to be sure. But to be the very best, and to do the things we talk about trying to do is not easy."Wise words, from an interview on OregonLive.com
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
"A behind the scenes look into squad life with coach Joel Filliol and ITU squad members Kyle Jones, Kerry Lang and Lauren Campbell. As we prepare for our upcoming Olympic selection race, ITU World Series Sydney, the GoPro camera provide an insight into the every day demands of ITU racing."
From Helle Frederkisen
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Sunday, April 8, 2012
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Monday, February 6, 2012
“You’ve got to have the mental toughness and confidence in yourself where you believe that you can take those days off and you can recover and you can run great,” Salazar said. “A lot of what we see in athletes that just train all the time and never give themselves adequate recovery is often portrayed as toughness. What I’ve realized over the years is it really is a weakness. It’s an insecurity that you’re not good enough to recover like other athletes: I’m not good enough to do that; I need to keep training; I can’t take time off; I can’t take easy days.”Another QOTD from Alberto Salazar via The Washington Post, vs LetsRun via Reid Coolsaet's blog (which has some interesting posts from his camp in Iten Kenya.
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
The Problem & The Solution
The U.S. is very much an instant-gratification culture where the best talent is often burnt out at a young age, he says. Talent isn't so much nurtured and developed as it's exploited, marketed and capitalized upon. The values of sport have given way to those of entertainment. Coaches aren't rewarded so much for teaching or nurturing talent, but rather for more wins than losses or riding the coattails of genetically gifted individuals who survive the training they're subjected to, rather than being developed to their full potential.
"It's a relatively simple formula," says Snell. "Develop endurance as early as possible. Developing endurance is difficult and time consuming. Developing speed is a relatively short process with a fairly strong genetic component."
- excerpt and then quote from a Running Times feature on Peter Snell, the Kiwi 800/1,500 Olympic gold medallist, who 50 years ago today lowered the world record to 3:54.4 in the mile thanks to running 100 plus mile weeks and 22 mile long runs. A great read, particularly page 4 which slams the US college coaches for only recruiting, not developing talent.This was the QOTD from LetsRun.com.
The first part of the quote above is particularly relevant in the age of olympic funding which is driven by performance outcomes now, with little emphasis on appropriate athletic development over the long term.
The second part, developing endurance, in my experience rarely happens with young athletes. The emphasis is all about being fast in the short term, vs getting progressively stronger and better conditioned over time.
There are many gems from this article:
"I came to the conclusion that it was all about the conditioning,"
"long runs were beneficial because they caused the adaptation (training) of both slow-and fast-twitch fibers"
"Another valuable lesson Snell learned from Lydiard was that training, like science, takes time to get results; adaptation isn't an instant process. "
"Lydiard gave his athletes valuable advice on patience and peaking, telling them not to worry about results in the buildup phase of their training, that the real rewards would come in the spring and summer track season."
"Another thing Lydiard discovered was that high-intensity training was something one had to use sparingly and judiciously because it could as easily break down an athlete as build one to a peak. "
"Just because it's published or comes from an authoritative source doesn't make it gospel, he learned. You have to see if it works for you, Snell says; that's the essence of the training process. Science doesn't lead in this process, Snell adds, it follows. "
"But as Snell looks back on his experience, as well as the training and racing patterns of others, he concludes, "It's quite possible that the majority of top level athletes are overtrained." The drive for success, winning, that motivates top athletes and coaches plays into this potentially counterproductive behavior""Champions are everywhere, all you have to do is train them properly" A. Lydiard
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