Allergy season and the athlete

Saturday June 18, 11
As spring moves into summer, allergy season begins for many athletes.
The Weather Network has pollen forecasts that can help you identify potential allergens in your region that are affecting you. Better yet, obtain a referral to a MD specializing in allergies.
If you are suffering from allergies (or taking other medication) and subject to Doping Control, you have to be very vigilant as to what you ingest. Many allergy medications contain ingredients on the WADA banned list. Check with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport “check your medication” resource or go directly to the Global DRO for Canada (or your country as ingredients may vary based on where the product was purchased).
Alan
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medioFondo program featured

Friday June 17, 11

My MedioFondo training program was featured in Canadian Cyclist‘s June-July issue on training for a 100k ride!

This free program is available on their site!

A more detailed version with weekly goals and objectives as well as a detailed GranFondo plan is available through my Training Peaks programs and plans link.

Enjoy!


Triathlon Canada: Regional Training Centre | Vancouver

Wednesday June 1, 11

June 1, 2011

Today, I start my new job as the Triathlon Canada Regional Training Centre coach for Vancouver. My main tasks are centred around developing up and coming junior elite and U23 elite triathletes! To do this I will be building community ties with the triathlon community in metroVancouver and the extended communities needed to support these athletes.

If you are interested in buying into this project as a supporter in some capacity, please contact me.  Who knows, I may be contacting you very soon!

Alan


CanoeKayak Canada Dragon Boat coaching module

Saturday May 14, 11

Exciting new for Dragon Boat coaches in Canada!

As of May 9, 2011 you can now get full NCCP Dragon Boat coaching certification under CanoeKayak Canada’s new Entry Level Competitive Coaching (ELCC) program! The Dragon Boat program is one of two new big boat modules offered to canoe-kayak coaches; dragon boat and war canoe.

If you already have ELCC certification from CanoeKayak Canada, you can add on a four hour big boat module.  For coaches without any CanoeKayak Canada ELCC certification,  you will need to take the NCCP Part A theory course as a prerequisite then take the big boat module of your choice as a two and half days (19 hours) stand alone course.  For coaches interested in pursuing “advanced gradation” you will also need NCCP Part B theory to earn this recognition.

In BC, visit CanoeKayak BC for more information on these courses

Alan


This week on myTwitter

Sunday May 8, 11

to the faithful

Thursday May 5, 11

“Training is a religion: you have to believe in the outcome.”

Dr. Tim Noakes


Connections in swimming

Sunday April 10, 11

Every now and again a new idea, or in this case a comparative coaching idea from another sport, yields a reward.

In today’s swim session I tried to import a coaching concept from kayak that I learned about a few years back (ok maybe a decade ago from Dr. Imre Kemecsey) and reapplied Saturday on my coaching session with Vancouver Ocean Sports.  The recycled idea is that of power circles.

The power circle concept is “relatively simple”, as a coach you associate a progression of technical elements with (or through) the relevant joints and muscles AND mental pathways needed to effect that element.  Power circles are an excellent visual mapping tool for sports with complex technical elements executed through multi-segmental movement acting in three or more rotational planes (i.e. canoe-kayak, swimming, xc skiing, gymnastics, dance, etc.).

There are innumerable power circles linking all the physical and technical elements together.  The resulting mental map of a sport’s power circles creates a very robust and flexible web of connections.

The application of this coaching technique is tricky as you have to understand the causal pathways required to effect the technique in question.  Most importantly, you have to know where a movement originates and where that movement ends.  Furthermore, as a coach you can’t rely on  visual demonstration any longer.  You have to develop clear verbal descriptions and engage your athletes in ongoing discussions as they learn the required connections.

Alan