With just 5 weeks left of the competitive season my thoughts are now focusing on winter preparation through to 2016.
Loads of questions and self-reflection:
Must ask myself if the current training programme was successful. All my training group established personal best performances, many gained international representation..
BUT was it because of me or in spite of me. Some serious self-reflection to come….!!
Who do I want to coach this winter. Now this is a big question…
I never assume that athletes who I coach want to be coached by me next year – so I ask them.
What do I include in my programme?
I have a huge choice – plyometrics, complex training, body weight circuits, over-distance work, medicine balls, weighted vest, traditional weight training, Olympic lifting etc….What do I exclude because of time constraints?
So a lot of planning to be done in the next few months even though some of my training group are still competing at a high level right up to last weekend in August.
Had a problem this week: One of my female long jumpers has been fouling a lot, but at the same time jumping well when she hits the board. So we decided at this late stage of the season to get rid of the old approach and construct a new one. We have 5 weeks to the AAA U17 Championships in Bedford. Five weeks to get her ready. Will this drastic change work? I hope so – it’s a chance we have to take.
We’ve gone from 16 strides to 14 [less room for error] – well that’s the theory. Second session tomorrow and going to work on her first 4 strides. Get this right and the rest of the runway will not be as compromised…
Will let you know how she gets on..
Speak with you soon,