What are the training variables and how do we know if our training is being effective?
But the big question is:
What should we be watching so that we know we are on the right track?
Observation and Measurements
Whenever we want to know the situation of something in our lives, we need to have as reference some measure. For example, if we are poor or rich. Our measure for this is the amount of money we have right? To know the weather: observe the temperature!
In a 40km cycling competition: how do we know who will win the race before it happens? If we could only ask a question for the athletes to find out who the likely champion would be, what would that be?
What is your maximum heart rate?
Who is the toughest person in the competition?
Or who drives more miles a week?
How about this: How fast can you do 40km pedaling? Surely the fastest cyclist in this distance will have great chances to win!
Now speaking in training: what should we be measuring?
A coach has 3 variables to work on when he sets out to set up training. I will present each of the 03 variables and where each athlete profile fits in that context ok?
Everything has a start in life. And in training, that start is in leaving home and going to practice!
So, for all the rest to happen, we must first of all leave home and start practicing our sport. And for that to happen, the only thing we need is a calendar! Thing that anyone has in your house!
And it is in this variable that the vast majority of novice athletes are found. This is the most important factor you should take into account. Look for a consistent training frequency so that it gains body and space in their lives.
As our workouts become more frequent, the next step is to increase the length of our training sessions. We want to become more resistant to training and more ambitious to reach new horizons. What do we need for this?
A stopwatch. The vast majority of watches and cell phones have this function.
This is where we find intermediate athletes. This is where training groups start at weekends. Where we begin to perceive a certain ambition for great distances!
But unfortunately, for the vast majority of these athletes, thats the end of road. Intermediate athletes even go so far as to flirt with the third variable of training, but they can not take great advantage of it.
And why this happens? That’s what we’re going to talk now!