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Raising the bar

Posted by thepeteplan on June 3, 2008

When you are coaching a group of athletes that includes yourself it’s good to stay one step ahead of the other athletes, and push the bar little higher on occasion to ensure you’re pitching the sessions at the correct level to give the desired training effect. In the PP08 training group each of our training phases are between 5 and 7 weeks long, so the sessions have to begin at the right level to reach the goal at the end of each phase – too easy and we won’t peak at the end, too hard and people lose mental confidence, or even become ill or injured during the phase.

Today’s session was the first of our 10k preparation in our new 10k training phase. This phase will now be 1 week shorter than planned, ending with the 10k test on Saturday 5th July. The reason for this change is that around half of the group will be racing the Evesham mile race the following weekend, and for some reason didn’t like the idea of a 10k test that day too.

Tuesday’s training:

5 x 2k / 2min rest:

6:50.0 / 1:42.5 / 29

6:49.9 / 1:42.4 / 29

6:49.9 / 1:42.4 / 29

6:49.8 / 1:42.4 / 29

6:49.4 / 1:42.3 / 29

Totals: 10k = 34:09.1 / 1:42.4 / 29

Going by the targets I gave the rest of the training group I should have been aiming for 1:44.5 today. With the half marathon test just passed this week is a slightly lighter week  before we build into the 10k phase properly next week. However, as I said I wanted to stay one step ahead and gauge how fast this type of session could actually be done. I surprised myself a little with the pace sustained under control for the 5 reps.

Monday’s training:

10k = 37:17.8 / 1:51.8 / 25

Yesterday was just a nice steady 10k.

Pete Plan Coaching:

I launched Pete Plan Coaching in January as a way of limiting the time I spent giving training advice, and to ensure that the people asking for it definitely wanted the advice. I have been amazed at the level of interest in this type of remote coaching though. The group is currently 17 strong, split about 50:50 between the PP08 group and the others. At some point soon I will have to consider capping the membership numbers to ensure those I coach get the attention they need / want. On this subject, I have had a number of requests over the past week for access to the members area of this blog – this area is solely for the use of people I’m coaching.

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2 Responses to “Raising the bar”

  1. Jamie Pfeffer said

    From day one (sorry to sound like Hillary Clinton), I’ve been concerned that you might have priced your service too low. It serves everyone for you to feel that you’re making a fair return on your massive time investment. You offer the best value — by far — in Internet-based coaching. And that’s clearly something to be proud of and, we hope, that you continue. But do make sure that you earn a profit.

  2. Iain Greenwood said

    Fully agree with Jamie (even if my Scottish blood is in my ears for me saying this!)

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