TRAINING IN GENERAL
Training starts with a focus on endurance… being able to kick, drill and swim, and then bike and run the distances that are typical in events is how athletes build confidence. When you know that you know that you can do the distance, and do it repeatedly, all of a sudden the intimidation factor starts to disappear and athletes can start to focus on ‘how’ they execute the sport specific technique, along with the tactics and strategies of the sport.
Once an endurance base has been built, we expand training to include developing the athlete’s sport specific technique: moving with the highest level of efficiency. Performance is definitely about being able to generate power & speed, but its equally about not wasting energy in random and/or excessive movement. The best of the best execute their sports effortlessly; conversely the more effortful an athlete looks the more energy they are wasting. So in addition to developing physical prowess, training technique develops an athlete’s mental skill set as focus, attention to detail, self awareness, experimentation, determination & perseverance are all necessary. We believe that athletes need to be as powerful in the brain as they are in their body.
Although we do not rush athletes into racing, we do encourage athletes to complete time trial or test events such as a competition as soon as possible with the sole intent of having the athlete set a benchmark performance. How can we measure progress if we have no starting point? We all want to see results because results encourage us to keep going and keep training because it shows that ‘we are getting somewhere’, but to see results means we need to measure how an athlete can do. Whenever we encourage an athlete to participate in a time trial or test event, it will always be at a level that is appropriate for their current skill and ability level.