I think it's a mistake because you are telling a kid to ruin their race.
(Going out hard could mean at a reasonably fast pace for you, not anyone else.
This is hard to coach and I would never use the phrase "go out hard," with anyone I was coaching for that reason. It is a mistake to go out very slow, I am not talking about that. However I want my kids to utilize their energy expenditure in an intelligent way.)
To me teaching racing strategy is the hardest thing to teach in coaching because it has to be fitted to the individual.
Comments, suggestions, discussion or divisive arguments?