I’ll try and keep this short but, I would like your opinions so, I guess you need some context.
Whilst walking with a friend yesterday, we got onto the topic of our cycling plans for 2021. My friend is a female age group triathlete who is competitive and gets results.
She has a coach who looks after both her running and cycling. She was singing his praises with regards to the improvements she has seen in her running but, she is really struggling with the cycle training. She asked if I would take a look at the plan the coach has set.
Now, I’m no coach and I don’t pretend to be so, I was hesitant, but I thought it wouldn’t do any harm to just ‘look’.
What I saw really surprised me. Her plan was in TR. Great I thought. I can understand the basics. Then she showed me her Calendar. The coach has prescribed two interval sessions P/W and one long weekend endurance ride (2-3 hours). Taking into account age and the fact that she also has to train her swimming and running, I thought that sounded reasonable.
Then I looked at the intervals she was being asked to complete. For the past two weeks, the coach has been prescribing sprint training. I saw Crane +1, Shasta and RowDow +1. I was a little bit speechless and confused.
As I said, I was careful because I’m no coach but, this doesn’t seem right to me. It doesn’t seem right for anybody.
My friend is really struggling to complete these workouts. Truth be told, she isn’t completing them. She can do 3 or 4 of the intervals and then she just tried to complete the others whilst her power and I’m guessing her form, goes to pot.
So I said ‘In my ‘opinion’, you need to speak to your coach. Tell them that you’re really struggling with these workouts. I could offer ‘advice’ but, I don’t think I should be questioning your coach as I don’t know what you discussed’. Clearly I am questioning the coach I don’t want to see one of my friends digging a hole and becoming demoralised.
As I’m not a triathlete, I’d really appreciate some perspective from this forum. Would you expect to be doing a block of sprint training? Efforts at and above 200%? At this time of year, with no events even on the horizon?
Thanks in advance.