Sunday, August 29, 2010

It's Ironman, not the Tour de France

Ironman = 1 day, biggest stress level you can tolerate for a single day.

Tour de France = 23 days, (2 rest days), biggest stress level you can tolerate on a daily basis.

I see many athletes training for Ironman like it's the Tour de France, training hard day after day. The goal in Ironman is to produce a performance on single day, when rested. The Tour de France goal is to produce a performance on many days, when tired. Notice the difference? Your training should reflect this difference as well.

In short, if you're preparing for Ironman, QUIT TRAINING FOR THE TOUR DE FRANCE! It's Ironman, not the Tour.

Coach Vance

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Coach's Mind

Penny for my thoughts in this picture? I wonder the same, and it's a photo of me! Coaching is as progressive as athletes. I'm a better coach today than I was yesterday. I'm miles ahead of where I was last year as a coach. I'll be even better a year from now.

Hopefully, you're thinking the same thing about your racing, and seeing the results to back up that trend. If not, it's time to consider some help. It doesn't have to be me, or even a full-time coach-athlete relationship, maybe just a consult here and there with a local coach to help you get your bearings, and stay on course to your goals.

You can bet in this photo, I'm contemplating all those things with my TriJuniors program. Are we meeting our goals? What can we do better? Where are we right now? What is the next step?

Coach Vance

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Talk at B+L Bikes in San Diego - Technical Aspects of Swimming

I'll be giving the following free talk at B+L San Diego. This talk will change and dramatically improve your understanding of swimming, I promise.

Learning and Understanding the 3 Most Important Technical Aspects of Swimming

Who: Anyone who wants to get faster in the water
When: Monday, August 30th, 2010
6:30 - 8 PM
Why: Because you want to get faster, and there's free food and adult beverages!
Where: B+L SOUTH STORE! 3603 Camino Del Rio West
San Diego, Ca 9211
RSVP: Please RSVP to Orlanda Vance at ovance at trainingbible dot com

Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Great Quote #2

``It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.''

--- Teddy Roosevelt