Once again I find myself reading Cern Gambetta’s Blog on Functional Path Training. Although I do Not agree with everything he has to say. I did enjoy this one. I reminded me of John Geddert’s analogy of each gymnast being a race car. You must give them enough good fuel to finish the race and you can NOT run them at 100%, 100% of the time.
We are three days away from the culmination of four years of preparation for the Olympic games. I was reflecting on the final phases of preparation – what needs to be done to put the finishing touches on the training? It can be summed up in a quite succinctly – just enough! Do just enough work to allow the years of preparation to be applied. In the final phase of training what isn’t done may be more important that what is done. That last hard workout is in most cases not necessary, do just enough to get tired, calm the nerves and fine tune. Now is the time to reap the harvest of the hard work from the career buildup. Seldom if ever can anything be done in the final preparation stages that will directly impact performance in a positive manner. Be confident in your preparation and focus on competing. This is where the art of coaching is most important.