February 7th : PM

  • One of the athletes said this to his dad, who is participating in the ACP and relayed it to me : “I didn’t know you could feel so good doing track.” He got so used to feeling beat up, sore, nagging injuries…Crying shame, but very encouraging to hear this!
    • On that note, my boy IK getting some love from one of the athletes, who must be one of the most genuinely nice guys at Altis.
  • Going back to AM, and his alien-like ability to control his muscle tension. This full control over The Switch can also be seen in his personality. One of the most intensely focused athletes, but incredibly down to earth and friendly between sets. Not only does he inhabit the two extremes, but Andreas also says that he can turn that switch on and off multiple times within a workout!
    • I can’t help but think back to FTMP.
  • Talking to Tyson Wellock re: the existence of pusher/puller equivalents in swimming and nordic skiing : he definitely seems to believe there is. Interestingly enough, he also seems to have come to the same conclusion as Stu and I : “pullers” seem to be the better athletes.
    • I think I’m on to something.
  • I asked a question about coaching education, and sparked a very long conversation. Stu later said that the best coaches eventually all come to the same conclusion, and enjoy the idea of coaching other coaches.
    • As I work on creating a better club culture back home, I need to make a point of developing a system to create the next generation of coaches. 22D has a shortage of good coaches, and as Derek, Kevin, Boo and Dan all alluded to, the future of any sport depends on it.
    • Make sure you pick coaches who are willing to learn. Start by creating the workout plan for them, then shadowing their creation process, and finally letting them lead.
    • Daily briefings on the tasks of the day help the junior coaches learn by osmosis.
  • Careful of #FOMO. Take time away from accumulating information so that you can focus on synthesizing. You’ll arguably gain more from this.
  • A good way of judging a training center is to look at consistency (or not) of mistakes.
    • If there IS consistency, there’s an error in the center’s coaching system.
    • If there ISN’T, you’re likely seeing the athlete’s individual faults. This is what you want.
  • Coach the little stuff just as strictly and intently as the big stuff. These are missed opportunities to create more context.
  • Athletes considered to lack stiffness also tend to have postural issues (in sprinting, often seen as being very backside).
    • Remember, “fascial” athletes are interpreted as having great “body communication”. Bad posture = bad communication? I think so.
  • Yoda : “The more reductionist I got, the more issues I had.”
  • Boo’s training mistakes : Using “security blanket” workouts, and looking for level 3 solutions to level 1 problems.
  • Some ideas on creating cultures that foster excellence
    • Cultivate positive peer pressure. Make the system difficult. Make them earn their sense of accomplishment.
    • Ensure your training group bonds, even if it’s against you.
      • Kamloops group made training in the ammunition bunker into a badge of honor.
    • Senior athletes help set and police the junior athletes.
    • Altis is very strict on who they let into their program.
      • Reminds me of “slow to hire, quick to fire”
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