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



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.



Leadership in sport

Friday April 8, 11

CBC Radio just ran this report on The Current.

Listen to all three interviews with an open mind.

If you are a coach, ask yourself if you are a leader when you coach.

If you’re an athlete, ask if your coach is your leader.



2011 Whistler GranFondo program No.1!

Sunday April 3, 11

I just posted my first program designed for the 2011 Whistler GranFondo.

The amount of supporting literature was a little more work than I anticipated and my beta testers all asked for more information or background!

This is a plan for more advanced riders looking to train up to 12+ hours a week for the next six months to be at their best when the event arrives September 11, 2011.  From long distance easy rides to intensity sessions for all energy systems, its all there. Even suggested terrain and weekly goals to get you properly prepared for the journey to Whistler

The plan is now available through Training Peaks- click on the TrainingPeaks logo in the right menu bar for sample info!

Next up, I will have plans for 20, 15 and 10 week builds as well as less training hours for novice and recreational riders


Recovery protocols

Wednesday March 30, 11

I have just posted the recovery protocols I have designed for my athletes as a module in the Training Peaks store.

The protocols are available through the EAS linked Training Peaks page;

These protocols are compiled from material delivered at the Canadian Sport Innovation and Technology conferences, Own the Podium Canada high performance workshops, physiotherapists, medical and para-medical team best practices at major games, some common knowledge and new research presented in sport science journals.

Very often the difference between successful and less successful performance has less to do with training and more to do with the behaviour that supports training such as; mental training, tactics, nutrition, technical skills and recovery.

The difference between training 20 hours a week and training 20 hours a week AND investing another 5+ hours on proper recovery is measured in injuries, more positive mental outlook, enhanced skills acquisition and handling higher workloads and performing at peak levels more often.