- @AmyaKirkham raced like a true pro at #Mallorca 70.3; over zealous volunteers and injuries. Look for a solid race in #IM #AustriaMay 22 15 May
- CanoeKayak Canada Dragon Boat coaching modulehttp://wp.me/peggE-6K 14 May
- @amyakirkham sitting in 10th overall Pro #Ironman70.3Malljorca today! Look for magic on the run from her! 14 May
- Great small group intensity session with #LeadingEdge #triathlonand #cycling team. Even after super-safety talk everyone had fun! 12 May
- May 16, 2011- the day #ChocolateArts moves into my ‘hood. Mmmmmm chocolate 12 May
- #HarbourAir in #VictoriaBC en route home after a full day learning about the #TriathlonCanada national training centre program 11 May
- Once more to #VictoriaBC on #HarbourAir! 11 May
- Think the visual input of moving faster refuces perveived effort and impacts motion… Back for more testing 10 May
- Walking on a moving sidewalk doesn’t feel like walking on solid ground. Feels easier even though perceived walking speed is the same… 10 May
- brief bounce in #Toronto and then home to the best place in the world- #Vancouver! 10 May
- Leaving #Halifax for #Vancouver. Great work Peter, John and Dean at #CanoeKayakCanada for bringing the ‘big’ boats to #NCCP 10 May
- @amyakirkham Venga! Venga! Venga! 9 May
- @amyakirkham have a great spring European #70.3 campaign 9 May
You can learn more from failure than success. In failure you’re forced to find out what part did not work. But in success you can believe everything you did was great, when in fact some parts may not have worked at all. Failure forces you to face reality.
I was reading an article on wired.com about designing and Fred Brooks Monday. It struck me that design theory for technology industry is true in sport as well.
I’ll be debriefing a number of athletes after this past weekend’s triathlon National Championships. As a coach, I need to acknowledge the failures in order to help athletes improve. At the same time, I need to recognize and reward success. Its a delicate balance.
The toughest part in sport is contextual interpretation of results. Was a poor performance really a poor performance? Or did everyone do poorly that day? Was it wind, rain, temperature, course changes, etc.? Similarly, was an excellent truly excellent? Or was everyone faster?
Separating facts from fiction and evidence from distractions is critical in the debrief.
I especially like the following thoughts;
- “The critical thing about the design process is to identify your scarcest resource.“
- start with a vision not a list of features
- “You build a quick prototype and get it in front of users to see what they do with it.“
- constant incremental iterations
As I plan 2011, I’ll keep these ideas in mind- especially the first two.
Stephanie Kieffer recently won the Women’s 40-44 category at the ITU Olympic Distance triathlon World Championships in Australia. She added this to her recent 2nd place overall and win of the women’s 40-44 category at the 2009 Canadian National Championships.
Steph is having an incredible two years beginning with her first ever World Championship win at the 2008 ITU Worlds in Vancouver and a 3rd overall and women’s 40-44 win at Canadian Championships. These results won her the Triathlon Canada athlete of the year for women 40+ AND a Triathlete Canada magazine triathlete of the year recognition.
Also worth of recognition are Amy Kirkham’s 4th place overall at National Championships and a 2nd in Women 25-29 and Martina Wan’s 10th place finish in the Elite Women’s race.
Way to go girls!
Here is a quick update on some of the Engineered Athletes and teams I coach.
IDBF Club Crew Championships (Penang, Malaysia): Dragon Boat
Victoria BC’s Gorging Dragons (training program and performance analyses) earned a Silver medal in the 500 m, and Bronze medals in the 2000 m and the 200 m and 2nd in the 500 m premier division mixed crew races.
full results coming…
IVF Sprint Outrigger World Championships (Sacramento CA): outrigger canoeing
Kathryn Ginther of Penticton BC (training program, technique and performance analyses) came home with three Bronze medals from the V6 1000 m, V6 500 and V12 500 m events.
Canadian Triathlon Championships (Kelowna BC)
Martina Wan (full program, performance analyses and technical coaching support) announced herself in her first elite race as an up and coming force to be reckoned with in women’s triathlon.
On the bike, Martina worked super hard and was the strongest rider in the chase pack as reflected in her 4th fastest bike split! She performed a clinic in T2 skills posting the second fastest bike to run transition and led the chase pack onto the run in 6th places. Martina pushed harder than she ever had in a race to finish 11th overall and 8th Canadian!
Well done Martina!
AGE GROUP RACE
2008 World Champion and now 2008 Canadian F4044 Champion; Stephanie Kieffer (full program, performance analyses and technical coaching support) was unstoppable!
Stephanie was also 3rd overall in the women, but only after the the eventual winner and second place finisher had chased her down on the run.
With over 25 participants in the race, LETC (program and technical coaching) was solid across the board with four podium appearance and nine automatic qualifications (q) for the 2009 ITU Olympic Distance Worlds in Australia!
|11||8CAN||ELITE||Martina Wan TP
|10||10||3M40-44||Alan Carlsson q||20:50||1:02:18||0:40:39||2:05:45|
|41||3||1F40-44||Stephanie Kieffer TP q||21:29||1:06:30||0:44:20||2:14:23|
|66||61||7M25-29||Doug Giles q||29:41||1:05:47||0:40:57||2:18:29|
|76||69||8M25-29||Rob Eakin q||27:36||1:07:04||0:43:33||2:20:22|
|117||17||3F20-24||Justine Clift q||24:51||1:10:57||0:46:52||2:25:04|
|167||33||4F30-34||Elizabeth Urbach q||29:22||1:11:43||0:46:14||2:29:55|
|175||35||7F35-39||Lynda McCue q||28:56||1:13:47||0:45:32||2:30:43|
|196||47||7F25-29||Jody Wright q||26:17||1:12:51||0:50:23||2:32:21|
|297||210||35M35-39||Denis “9½” Peregrym||36:13||1:09:04||0:54:22||2:42:25|
|343||105||20F35-39||Alison Thompson TP||31:11||1:18:56||0:53:52||2:47:28|
|554||229||2F65-69||Mary Battell TP q||41:55||1:32:00||1:08:28||3:28:16|
TP Engineered Athlete training program
* LETC Alumni
q qualifier for 2009 Worlds