- @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
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
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.
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