The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games may change to a sprint format combined with a mixed team relay: we discuss the background, history, racing and training implications. Lab testing season for triathletes is here, and we break down this trend, and why this doesn't move athletes performance forward. The marginalization of coaches, over-promising and under-delivering of sport science. Decision making and why this is the key to real coaching effectiveness. We address questions on high load training camps, what to do about illness, elite vs age group training, HIIT blocks, marginal gains, and nutrition questions from fasted training, supplements, protein and recovery drinks.
Training needs in terms of importance are discussed, from total frequency and volume of training, to high intensity, to training distribution, to periodisation and tapering. We discuss Vicky Holland's interview, comparing and contrasting her training with Darren Smith and the Leeds Triathlon centre, the polarized approach, historical trends of planning and intensity distribution. Follow up questions are addressed including running economy, drills, and tips, run analytics, maintaining endurance fitness between events, structuring a season for both early season and late season races, and whether training gear can affect injuries. The Island House and final ITU World Cups are discussed along with development pathways.
Kona analysis including Frodeno vs Keinle, Ryf vs the clock, front pack dynamics, drafting, penalties, which pros should race Kona, and why we need smaller fields for better racing. We breakdown Triathlon New Zealand, and the resignation of the HPD, the history of success in New Zealand and the challenge of re-building the culture there. Back on the ever green doping topic, we discuss the ongoing TUE saga, and motor doping. Finally planning training for the future and reviewing the past, what went well, what didn't and how we'll take these points forward in future episodes.
The importance of Kona for triathlon, and the professional circuit, prize money, progression of the sport. Salinas ITU World cup, and development of runners into triathletes. High Performance funding and organisation, how "athlete-centered, coach driven" has become jargon and not reality. Key run sessions, organising run training, minimal effective dose, healthy training load and what causes injuries and how to avoid falling into inconsistency.
The ITU WTS end of season races are reviewed including WTS Edmonton, the Grand Final in Cozumel, including the conditions, the tactics, the Brownlee drama and how the World Champions were decided. The 70.3 World Champs including the dominance by Holly Lawrence, the controversy around motor-pacing, entourages and transparency, are discussed along with the Fancy Bears WADA hack and TUE abuse and whether TUEs should be public.
Olympic Games Triathlon review: Joel and Paulo are back, talking about the selection process, what went right, and what went wrong, the Mens and Womens Triathlon in Rio, followed by the doping and corruption scandals from WADA, the IOC and Russian team.
Joel and Paulo debate discuss how scientific knowledge directly impacts on current training methods with our athletes, including what are scientific certainties, practical implications of research, and specific methods including strength training, plyometrics, massage & physiotherapy, anti-inflammatories, fasted training and HRV monitoring.
Joel interviews Michael Krüger, former Danish National Team Coach, and coach to international top performers over many years, discussing why Denmark has produced so many strong triathletes, Ironman vs ITU coaching, when pros should race Kona, and National Federations supporting Ironman athletes. Joel and Paulo discussion repetition as a training concept, running power meters, and why many young athletes develop injuries.
Joel and Paulo debate elements of a successful program, both from the basis of national federations, squad and club environments, and culture and environment. In follow up, we revisit the target of the podcast, squad sustainability, USRPT, a Kiwi going for Rio, Polarised training and Session RPE.