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.
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!
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
- At #YYJ for part 1/3 en route to#Halifax to launch the#CanoeKayakCanada #dragonboatcoaching module to provincial instructors 2 hours ago
- Safety question from#CanoeKayakCanada coaching education course in #VictoriaBC “Am I my Brother’s Keeper?” 1 day ago
- First float plane trip ever! At#HarbourAir in #Vancouver en route for #VictoriaBC to teach#CanoeKayakCanada coaching course 1 day ago
- Training is a religion…http://wp.me/peggE-6h 3 days ago
- Congrats to Sue for finishing her first Moloka’i OC1 relay this past Sunday! 3 days ago
- @hojuman Nice PR work in your nearly 2nd finish! Winner of the BMO volunteer dodge tho’ 3 May
“Training is a religion: you have to believe in the outcome.”
Dr. Tim Noakes
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.