“Sometimes in the peaking process, it is not what you do, it is what you don’t do.” John Larralde, track coach speaking at GAIN on preparing his milers to win California State high School championships.
What you do NOW is an accumulation of what has been done before
Don’t aim to maintain – stabilize
Female athletes must stay strong – Strength training must be there; it does not take much
This is all about racing your race – the times will drop if you race
Race simulation is crucial – get them comfortable with their race plan
Technique and coordination must be stressed throughout
Touch on all components in the CONTEXT of the RACE PLAN
If in doubt, don’t do it. One less rep or set is better than one more
Leave them wanting more
Dryland – recycle through areas that make them feel good – connected, coordinated, and synced. It is all neural, not muscular. Cut out legs earlier for Breaststroke & Fly, also for male sprinters.
In this phase the science of coaching takes a back seat to art and feel for what you are doing
Clearly communicate the message that the preparation has been done. Get them looking forward to Racing!
Focus on distribution of effort
More of the same, rather than different – Just disguise it
Reinforce what got there – “Dance with who brung you to the dance”
Race Ready & Race Hardened