Our interview this week is with Coach Jim Vance, author of Triathlete Science, Triathlon 2.0 and Running with Power. He coaches athletes such as Ben Kanute with great success. He is joining us today to talk about how and why he is using Today'sPlan software to quickly analyze athlete performance and how their training is going.
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Thanks to last week's guest, Coach Matt Fitzgerald, co-author of 80/20 Triathlon with David Warden. The concept of 80% of training being easy and 20% being moderate to hard is not new. This book packages what professional endurance athletes and their coaches have been practicing for years. In addition to laying out good evidence and science, it also provides a lot of practical tools for determining your training zones and how to put together a training plan that is based on these principles. If you haven't heard the interview, go back and listen to episode #144.
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Jim Vance is an elite endurance sports coach, author, and sport technology and training consultant based in San Diego, California. He is the personal coach 2016 US Olympic triathlete Ben Kanute.
Jim is also the Head Coach for Formula Endurance, a USA Triathlon High Performance Team, focused on developing top junior triathletes, as part of the Olympic Pipeline. Jim is also the Head Varsity Swim Coach at Coronado High School, (where he coached a 2016 All-American swimmer), and has coached elite National Champions, World Championship podium performances, countless Ironman World Championship qualifiers, and been a training consultant for US Olympians. Jim has written two books – Triathlon 2.0 and Run with Power, and co-edited Triathlon Science with best selling training author, Joe Friel.
Jim continues to work with new companies bringing technology to the sporting world, as well as athletes all over the world, at all different levels, from beginner to elite, in swimming, cycling, running and triathlon. There are few individuals in the world with the teaching background, elite athlete experience, and coaching experience with elites, amateurs and juniors, as well as knowledge of training, like Jim Vance.
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Jim Vance Debrief:
One of the Today'sPlan features that Jim Vance described are the RPE of the workout and Subjective Wellness ratings the athlete can provide on a daily basis. As a coach we can look at all the power files, paces and heart rate levels in a workout and not have insight into how the athlete experienced their workout, their day, and what might be going on that contributed to the power, heart rate and pace. At a glance, looking at the workout in the calendar I can see the RPE.
With one click, I can see the Session Rating recorded by the athlete, the duration rating by the athlete and the intensity. This is a great way for a coach to know the athletes perception and perspective of the session objective, duration and intensity as it relates to the athlete's goals. If there's a mis-communication about how the sessions are designed to help the athlete achieve their goals, this is a great way to make that mis-communication visible and get the conversation started if it hasn't happened already.
The other insights that can be collected are wellness attributes that can be customized by the coach in terms of what the athlete sees and responds to. The athlete can complete include:
The coach can also select to make the wellness ratings on the day in the calendar view. With that feature enabled to be visible, a small yellow star appears and by simply hovering over the star, the coach can see the athlete's perspective on all of those attributes on a daily basis.
When I have my weekly Skype call with my athletes, I ask them about subjective wellness items including stress, fatigue, injury or niggles. I ask how the workouts are going from their perspective, do they make sense given the goals, etc. But just like Jim Vance pointed out, athletes tend to forget what they felt like 6 days prior. Having it recorded daily gives the athlete and the coach data, recorded on the day, of the athlete's subjective sense of what they are experiencing.
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