During all of my various coaching certification clinics the discussion around the creation of workouts was covered in detail. The main points of interest?
- Energy systems
- Athlete understanding of goals of workout
Of course the importance of a good warm up, cool down, and dynamic stretching, was covered as well.
Let me clarify: Did we cover 'everything' in granular detail? No. You can't cover everything in a weekend-long clinic. You need to continue your education beyond the initial course. But, all that said, the three points above have been resonating with me lately. Why?
I'm seeing too many triathlon coaches prescribe workouts that have no specifics around energy systems, and no way for the athlete to know what the goal of the workout is. In some cases guaranteeing that the athlete do nothing but train their body to run long and slow on race day. A couple of examples that I've seen (posted online) lately:Read More