Age group athletes often find it astonishing that our professionals don’t do a greater amount of work.
being a common first up inquiry.
Ourare different from what most have experienced in the past, in that apart from taking time to look at all the participants strokes, positions and run techniques we also, follow the same training patterns of the pros for the week.
In our training schedules, we work to have a good balance of hard work and easy work. A lot of athletes come here expecting the full-on ‘hell week’, but that’s not what we’re about.
When we work hard, we work very, very hard. But the point I’d make is that after very little is spoken about how much easy and active rest we do.
It would seem that sometimes campers, when they take a week off work, just want to blast themselves into submission by piling on as much work as their body can take. Family and work are not around so they are free to let rip. The truth is their body can’t take it. No-one’s can.
We try and educate here not by talking, but by demonstrating. Seeing is believing. Campers often get to see the Angry Bird (Daniela Ryf) in the middle of her Ironman prep come onto the track and blast out 6 x 400s and just run off with barely 10 words to coach. Not too long after the Olympic champ turns up, smokes 4 x 400s then without a word looks at coach, nods, then leaves the scene.
If there’s a message I can send to our campers is that ‘training camps’ don’t have to be epic in work to help you be a better triathlete in the long run. Indeed, it’s the epic physical efforts that does more to shorten one's career. Rhythm and balance is your ticket to the big show more than anything else.