Importance of training groups, training partners and the training program
- These are some important concepts to get your head around. You will hear paddlers talk about them a lot, but its essential to know why we use them to give yourselves some direction and purpose with their use and implementation.
- Training groups/Partners – these can be hard to come by for some of you but finding a group of paddlers, regardless of the speed of the paddlers is great. A training group that you feel obliged to turn up for each day can prove very motivating and very useful for your training. As much as I always encourage people to train with someone faster than them or of similar speed and work ethic, just knowing someone is going to be waiting for you to turn up in the morning and see you training can be that pressure you need to get out of bed in the mornings or push that little bit harder in training. A training group or training partner can also encourage some healthy competition and get you out of your comfort zone. As well as having stroke rate, heart rate etc to monitor your effort, sometimes you never really get to that next level without that competitive component.
- Next the importance of a training program. For most sports, training probably has a greater effect on performance than nutrition, equipment, psychological state, or any other modifiable factor. Its great to have a training partner or training group but without any direction it is very easy to get distracted. Without a plan, you may make some improvements just by spending lots of time in your boat but you have no way of monitoring your progress. You are also holding yourself back from continual progression. It is important to have a balance in your training between strength work, aerobic work, lactate work, speed work, threshold work and most importantly recovery. If this balance isn’t set, you risk over-working or under-working yourselves. A training program helps you towards achieving your individual goals as well as helping you prepare for your events appropriately. It provides you some structure and takes that pressure off your shoulders about trying to figure out what you’re going to do today in order to be ready for your race in a couple of weeks.
- These programs have been structured around your time commitments, your highlighted events and your experience. They are well planned and well educated to assist your progression towards your goals.