Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Why Does Triathlon Have Such A Clean Image?

Sarah Barker of Deadspin.com has written an article on doping in Triathlon with some quotes by Joel: 
We just haven’t had a scandal recently with the power to blow up the issue,” Filliol said via Skype from his home base in Glasgow, Scotland. “So, we’re speculating, like we always do, but it would be naive to assume otherwise. That’s where sport is right now. As far as why we [in triathlon] don’t have more positive tests, it’s the same with all sports. From top to bottom in the anti-doping movement, there are incentives not to find [athletes doping] because it looks bad for the sport.
— deadspin.com
Read the full article on Deadspin.com for more quotes from Joel, and further perspective on the issue of doping in Triathlon 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

16: Sprinting towards Tokyo

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games may change to a sprint format combined with a mixed team relay: we discuss the background, history, racing and training implications. Lab testing season for triathletes is here, and we break down this trend, and why this doesn't move athletes performance forward. The marginalization of coaches, over-promising and under-delivering of sport science. Decision making and why this is the key to real coaching effectiveness. We address questions on high load training camps, what to do about illness, elite vs age group training, HIIT blocks, marginal gains, and nutrition questions from fasted training, supplements, protein and recovery drinks.

Show Notes: http://joelfilliol.com/podcast/2016/11/15/sprinting-towards-tokyo

New Real Coaching Podcast Episode

Monday, November 7, 2016

15: Training Needs Hierarchy

Training needs in terms of importance are discussed, from total frequency and volume of training, to high intensity, to training distribution, to periodisation and tapering. We discuss Vicky Holland's interview, comparing and contrasting her training with Darren Smith and the Leeds Triathlon centre, the polarized approach, historical trends of planning and intensity distribution. Follow up questions are addressed including running economy, drills, and tips, run analytics, maintaining endurance fitness between events, structuring a season for both early season and late season races, and whether training gear can affect injuries. The Island House and final ITU World Cups are discussed along with development pathways.

Show Notes

New Real Coaching Podcast Episode

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Kona Breakdown

Kona analysis including Frodeno vs Keinle, Ryf vs the clock, front pack dynamics, drafting, penalties, which pros should race Kona, and why we need smaller fields for better racing.
We breakdown Triathlon New Zealand, and the resignation of the HPD, the history of success in New Zealand and the challenge of re-building the culture there. Back on the ever green doping topic, we discuss the ongoing TUE saga, and motor doping. Finally planning training for the future and reviewing the past, what went well, what didn't and how we'll take these points forward in future episodes.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

We love Kona / Kona Sucks

The importance of Kona for triathlon, and the professional circuit, prize money, progression of the sport. Salinas ITU World cup, and development of runners into triathletes. High Performance funding and organisation, how "athlete-centered, coach driven" has become jargon and not reality. Key run sessions, organising run training, minimal effective dose, healthy training load and what causes injuries and how to avoid falling into inconsistency. 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Chop Wood, Carry Water: End of ITU WTS Season & 70.3 World Champs

The ITU WTS end of season races are reviewed including WTS Edmonton, the Grand Final in Cozumel, including the conditions, the tactics, the Brownlee drama and how the World Champions were decided. The 70.3 World Champs including the dominance by Holly Lawrence, the controversy around motor-pacing, entourages and transparency are discussed along with the Fancy Bears WADA hack and TUE abuse and whether TUEs should be public.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Real Coaching Podcast: Post Rio Analysis: We're back!

Joel and Paulo are back, reviewing the Olympic Games Triathlon, including the selection process, what went right, and what went wrong, the Mens and Womens Triathlon in Rio, followed by the doping and corruption scandals from WADA, the IOC and Russian team.