I have a few more thoughts to add to my previous post on stock training programs.
The first that I was mulling over is the dynamic nature of an individual training program administered by a knowledgeable coach.
A good program, stock or individual, is based on a yearly training plan that tracks and plans as much training data as required according to the designer’s needs or abilities. Where a stock program is set from the moment it is completed, an individualized program is still open to change along with the athlete for whom it was designed.
Changes in a program are needed in a number of scenarios;
- improvements at a different rate than anticipated
- fatigueat a different rate than anticipated
- additional events
- schedule changes
- illness or injury
- work, school or life obligations
In summary, a stock plan assumes smooth sailing according to initial assumptions. However, it will not adapt as assumptions are challenged, rejected or modified.
I am sure there will be more thoughts on this as I mull it over and find more time to write them down.