Words of wisdom on speed from Gennadi Touretski, although written for swimming this applies to all sports ?Speed is everything. I don?t understand why coaches spend months doing countless laps of threshold training and hard endurance work then hope that the swimmer?s speed will return during taper. It is all about speed. Swimmers should never be more than a fraction away from best times at all times of the year. Why do we spend so much time killing speed when it is the single most important reason we train in the first place??