Making Fall a Successful Season
Everything about the fall reminds us of winding down the year, finishing the season and harvesting the fruits of our labor. Clichés aside, for most endurance athletes the fall is the season which includes championship events, series finales and/or ideal conditions for personal best performances. At this point in the year athletes have put in many miles and hours training and racing, reaching goals and meeting new challenges. Fall is the opportunity to combine all the success and experience to reach a higher level of performance for the year and possibly career in a particular sport. I focus on three areas covering the physical, mental, and details more in the fall than the rest of the year to insure my athletes are successful.
Endurance training by definition is stressing the body and allowing it to recover to be stressed again at a higher level. This repeated cycle of stress and recovery improves endurance, strength and speed progressively throughout the season. At no point in the year is recovery more important than in the fall. I emphasize with athletes the importance of recovery throughout the year, but I schedule more recovery into their training plan during the fall because of the accumulated fatigue during the season.