Ask yourself… if my intention in training is to become healthier, if the intention is for sport to add to my life outside of sport, if I am training to achieve performance goals… then is my current coach and their coaching philosophy going to get me there?
- NO… if the training you are receiving from your coach is devoid of drills, or drills are under-weighted.
- NO… if the training you are receiving from your coach is heavy on hi intensity interval training (aka HiiT).
- NO… if the training you are receiving arrives via video conference, email, or is downloaded from a training website.
- NO… if the training you are doing is performed without consistent flow of feedback regarding quality of movement, position, posture, form.
- NO… if the training you are doing doesn’t follow a progression ladder towards more complex technique within that sport.
The approach your coach uses may be able to game your physiology and psychology (as in toy with your neural-hormonal system) to force gains, but such gains are fleeting as any time away from the sport will lead to a near immediate reversal of gains, with a severe drop off in performance. Any training which can be undone as fast or faster than it was gained… is not training (its an attempt to force your nervous and endocrine systems into fooling your brain and body to deliver an effort which neither have been properly trained to honestly provide).
Why waste your time with a coach who doesn’t know the difference?
Why waste your money on a coach who doesn’t know the difference?
Why lose your health, get ill, get injured with a coach who doesn’t know the difference?
The intention of training should be to gain skills, abilities and capacity which WILL NOT and DO NOT disappear over time. For example, if you learn to ride a bike as a child… when will you forget how to ride a bike? NEVER! Even if you do not touch a bike for a decade, even two, eventually when you do get on a bike you will be able to ride it within a matter of minutes, maybe even right away. That’s true training.
I learnt how to alpine ski as a child, then I competed in alpine skiing with the Milton Heights Ski Club, and then as a teenager I became a ski instructor. Then I got married, had kids, and didn’t see or touch a pair of skis for over a decade. When we wanted our kids to learn how to ski, it took me all of 3 runs for my brain to dust off the motor program for alpine skiing and I was able to ski with a level of skill that allowed me to tackle even black diamonds without concern.
True training develops abilities, skills, and capacity which will NEVER disappear.
If you cannot take a break from your swim, cycling, or running training for fear that you are going to “lose everything”… then in truth you are gaining nothing, have gained nothing, and will not gain anything that is significant, meaningful, lasting or rewarding. You cannot gain or lose true training in a matter of hours or days.
Stop wasting your time pretending to train. Stop wasting your effort and energy sweating, and grunting and sounding like a dying goat [like pro triathlete Lionel Sanders does in training and competition]. Sanders has stated that he is willing to be velcro’ed to a stretcher in order to try and win a race. He may be willing to die in pursuit of athletic achievement… are you? No consistent peak performer, no Olympian, no World Champion ever says anything so stupid. How do I know? Because consistent peak performers don’t want to miss any opportunity to train or compete, they do not want to lose consistency in their schedule, and being laid up in an hospital bed or zipped into a body bag just isn’t congruent with anyone who wants to be a consistent champion.
Don’t fall for the ego trap amongst athletes, don’t let your kids fall for it, and definitely do not fall for the ego pissing contest between coaches willing to sacrifice your health for their own agenda. Its not worth the compromise. Been there, done that, damaged my body to the point of near destruction on several occasions by believing such coaches… so trust me when I say you don’t want the t-shirt. Falling for any of this bull will not serve you in any way except to deliver you illness, injury, disappointment, frustration, eventually leading you to quit sport cause you hate it, and what you’ve become in the process.
Watch Shiffrin in the above videos… there is no anger, no anxiety, no fight, no force, no fear… but, there is excitement, anticipation, joy, grace, and an healthy pursuit of performance by training to develop FLOW at higher and higher degrees of complexity.
Don’t be a Sanders, be a Shiffrin.
Its the difference between healthy and happy, and potentially the difference between finishing an event joy-filled, grateful and healthy, or ending up on an ambulance stretcher, in the med tent, with an IV, in the emergency department of the hospital local to your event, or worse… dead. Think about it.