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Discussion: Woo hills!

in: AliC; AliC > 2023-06-13

Jun 14, 2023 11:32 AM # 
First off, mowing makes a huge difference in my book. Yay!

Anyway, your comment about “didn’t notice improvement from last week” made me think about something I’ve been discussing with my other coaches - we’re so wired to expect that we (or our athletes) can improve at something from one week to the next, but unless it’s something like a new skill where you’re still on the steep part of the learning curve, our bodies don’t work on that timescale. And with a junior athlete, there’s a psychological piece intertwined where you have to keep them motivated and excited even if they aren’t seeing week-to-week improvements… but that’s besides the point here :)

Something like steep hills in the 2-4 minute range - that’s looking for improvements in your lactate clearance and aerobic capacity, so 7 days just ain’t gonna cut it. Maybe some neuromuscular strength capacity, too. Three to six weeks, though, will totally see improvements! Basically, keep plugging, you’re doing awesome consistent training and the world better look out!
Jun 14, 2023 6:33 PM # 
Re: mowing … a few years ago I went to see if the ski hill near camp in Maine (maybe 80m) would be good for bounding. But it was unmowed in the summer and neck-deep brush and brambles. Hard to get any rhythm with that!
Jun 16, 2023 7:44 PM # 
Thanks Alex! Good to be reminded of, and hopefully will be useful for WOC! Do you have any fave big hills around Rochester? I'll be there for the next two weeks and it would be great to keep up some form of doing hill work!

And yes, yay for mowing - I could have made it up without, but would have been a lot of fern-bashing!
Jun 19, 2023 6:46 PM # 
3 to 6 weeks, we all need to remember improving conditioning takes time....
Jun 20, 2023 12:36 AM # 
Most of the hills are further south. I guess just using Highland and Cobbs Hill. If you can do some short hard hill strides, that will be enough, since you've already built a decent base. And of course Mendon Ponds remains one of my favorite parks :)

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