As this course ends there is only one thing to do….take this information and make something of it. The point of this class is not only to learn something but to be able to apply it to life. This isn’t only if your an athlete. You can take these simple facts learned in class and use it to become a more fit, healthy person.
Earlier this afternoon my track coach Jared decided he wanted to give an optional training lecture for any distance guys interested before practice. I was free so decided to go down to hear what he had to say. And it was very interesting! He was applying many of the things we talked about and learned in class to his coaching methods and our training schedules. For example, when planning a week out for each of the different distance groups (based on events), he has to think about many different things. One of the most important is intensity. He says that intensity does not just mean “going hard,” but it is a variable based around three other things: effort, duration, and rest. For example, if you want to pick up the intesnity of a track workout, either make it faster paced, longer distance, or less rest between reps. The exertion scale that he uses is based off an estimated VO2 Max he assigns to each person. He uses this estimate to find different perecentages that apply to training thresholds such as the aerobic threshold or lactate threshold….things we learned about in class. The length of the workout also can affect which energy system is in use. For example, if we are doing repeat 100m sprints, we will most likely stay in the phosphagen system or delve into the glycogen system as the workout progresses. If he wanted us to work aerobically, he would have us do longer distance reps, such as a mile. Lastly, the rest is adjusted to alter the amount of wastes that is removed/recycled. For example, if the rest is only 30 seconds between reps, lots of the waste will still remain, making the body find other sources of energy, where if the rep was 5 minutes, some of the wastes can be recycled back to energy fuel, making it easier to keep working hard.
Other than these points there were many things that he told us were very important about training that applied to the class. The thing I will end my last blog post with is this quote….”Rest is when you get paid.” By this he is referring to an analogy he has created. Everyday of practice and training is like going to work for a week. When one hits their payday (rest/sleep), they get paid. If there is no rest, they will not get paid. Then on gameday, this is when you get to spend all that money you earned and as he put it so eloquently…”time to make it rain.” This just highlights the importance of sleep and rest, and sometimes can go unemphasized in the college setting. So for you athletes reading this, remember….got to rest up after hard days if you expect to improve.