Having finished another long day of coaching yesterday (and what i mean by coaching is being in front of athletes helping them develop technically, physically and mentally I reflected back on the last week (actually 8 days) of my coaching.
Having totted up that I have done around 24 hours of coaching in front of athletes (not including planning and preparation time) I thought about what impact that had made to athletes and although 1 week can’t change the world, doing that every week can (well not the world really) athletes can improve.
It all started on Saturday 9th with the County Cross country Champs. Not only did we have 2 Triathletes win their age group, we also had a number of athletes on the podium and also more qualify for the inter-counties, not bad for athletes training solely with us as triathletes but racing in a single discipline event. On Monday evening I was then poolside coaching the Performance Squad at Nottingham University where we had 5 out of 7 athletes improve on their 400m and 200m swim times, even after the winter break and in the middle of exams. Tuesday evening and it’s back poolside with our club Academy athletes who are lucky enough to train with us full time and we had pretty much a clean sweep of new pb’s for 100m IM. Something we keep a track of as we like our young triathletes to do all 4 strokes and shows the hard work spent doing fly over the past 2 weeks is paying off.
During the week we also had a number of our junior athletes compete in schools cross country and again do well enough to progress to the next stage of school competition and some even winning.
The weekend saw new Pb’s in the swimming County Champs from an athlete that has come from a swim club to join us full time, swim less than before and actually get faster over 100m and 200m, hopefully shows that what we are doing is working. Saturday also saw some of our age group athletes compete in Cross Country and again deliver some great performances but the overriding comment about the day was how much fun they had and how much they enjoyed the team cake. The social aspect of triathlon is important to us at every age group. Saturday also saw us return to the new cycle track at Harvey Hadden for our junior session. I had the pleasure of working with our young athletes (aged 8 and 9) who were riding there new racing bikes that some had got for Christmas. It was cold but they all progressed and appeared much more confident at the end of the session.
A full day yesterday with the West Midlands regional Academy finished off a big week of coaching and we hope the impact across all the groups we deal with is positive, certainly the above results (and I’m sure I’ve missed some) show that we are.
A snapshot of the coaching we do each week and the impact it has on athletes. we are lucky enough to work with a wide variety of athletes across all disciplines as well as S & C, conditioning and Nutrition.