COACH'S CORNER: November 14 - The Project Part 2
This week is a perfect week to follow up on last weeks Sunday Special. I spent the time outlining a framework of how to focus on a post season project. I outlined the opportunity and potential benefit for choosing a run, swim, strength or nutrition project -- and my beliefs in the video coaching. As expected, questions flowed. Here's a few quick answers...
- Should I only choose one project? This is up to you. I would encourage athletes to think about their strengths and weaknesses, and how they can improve, but none of these projects mean more training or the need to massively dilute other areas. They are more anchored in where you place the beam of focus. With this in mind, and by way of an example, you can absolutely focus on nutrition while also doing a run project.
- How do I add runs to the program if I choose a run project? Hit the main runs delivered as a first step. Every other run that you do in a week should be easy, conversational, and soul filling. Don’t even think of it as training, in the classic sense. Instead, view it as going on a nice run. No metrics really needed, all very easy.
- Do treadmill walks count? Yes. Absolutely, and hill-based treadmill walking is high value and encouraged. They can count as a ‘run’. I would encourage you to periodically add 1-3 minutes of easy running into a walk, to facilitate the transfer of form into run speed.
- How do I bolster my swimming load? You are welcome to add group swimming in, including masters. Despite a loss of specificity, the community and group aspects are high value. You can also add swims from the optional library. Similar to the run project, the additional swims can be lower stress and more technical in focus.
- Do I heave to do a project? NO! Not at all. Feel free to simply follow the programming and embrace the education, experts and community. The projects are simply lightning rods to help us focus, improve shared accountability and make this journey less individualistic.
- Is there one best thing I should do? I sound like a broken record, but the live coaching, watch parties and VOD coaching is truly encouraged. We have seen it work too well.
- Where does InsideTracker and FuelIn come into project? Information, direction and focus. I do think that, if you choose to add InsideTracker into your program, this is a super time. You will gain clarity into where focus will provide biggest returns, and that will add confidence and measurable gains. FuelIn are integrating as main educational resources, so lean into Scott and the team. If you want to utilize their services, then you will have a clear two to three month project to really guide you to improvements
- What if I am not sure what to focus on? If you have the resources, I recommend a coaching consultation. We are here to help. You can also attend an upcoming office hours, which we now have at least monthly (or send questions in through support -- in advance)
I hope that helps.
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