It is what he learned when he was running with J. Cruz(1:41 800m). It is very interval orientated. It?s a shot in the dark, he has only had the men?s program for some 3 years and the stubborn boy would rather have his training theory trump science. Then again a lot of coaches don?t want exercise physiologists telling them how to train athletes. Simply the program works or it doesn?t.
The men?s B group runs the women?s workouts while the ?A? group (traveling, top 5-6) gets the real balls to the wall stuff. The workouts that kill you, break you, or ruin you. He really only cares for the A squad, period. otherwise kiss his ass a lot.
They are not a contender because they have 1.5 scholarships to give out. $. UCLA isn?t a cross country school ? they are a track school.
They are a 800, miler program. Low mileage all the way! You can be punished for doing more, because you didn?t tell coach and if you get injured your f***ed.
SMOG isn?t a problem, beautiful ocean air either coming in during the day or night depending on the season.
The athletic facilities are arguably the best in the nation. They were just redone and now a bigger WOW. -pools with treadmills in it for extra low impact running.
Summer camp; Mammoth 2-3 weeks ? intense (hell weeks)
Training: X/C: Will Rodgers state park, roads, track
Long run; to the beach and back, long runs are very rare, nothing over 45minutes unless you sneak out yourself. Then again it?s not a 10k/ marathon program. 2*45min runs a day still get the mileage and it?s what milers like El?G do. He?s very worried that you?ll get hurt being on the track so much and then running so many more miles slowly on the roads or trails breaking down your legs. The way I saw it, I was fresh every day (went from 90-100m weeks to 30-40) and every interval set felt like a race (pr?s in practice) ? retarded working out.
He is there every day. He?ll drive the vans to the national parks, he is always there rain or shine. He checks, but if you have a problem, its your own responsibility to come talk to the coach.
(im bias, i ran for peterson and was kicked off and later quit - Once i got stress fracture all my shenanigans werent tolerated and I was kicked off, another teammate and friend who felt like I did went to the coach and told him off and transferred out. Others went just as crazy but once I was injuried I was held accountable. Tried out next year and got back on. I quit halfway into the season.
I have no regrets UCLA is awesome, one the best schools, best location, best prices, best professors etc. Look running isnt life, you have to graduate, get a job and recieve the best possible education you can.
Sure join to team, why not its UC*f***ing*LA. You get to travel a lot more being a pac10 school and you get top dollar equipment. being a 4:22 miler at ucla means a lot more access to the priveldges you wouldnt get being a 4:22 at some powerhouse. For me right out of high school i was set for regionals and pac10 meets, other teams had guys who finally went there senior year or something.