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Kim Stevenson
RE: Effort and Pace
Nobby, I am glad that you have addressed the 'numbers' game,
it was starting to worry me. It is interesting how people want to put a number to something.I find that I too can get into that trap.
Just yesterday I had my athletes doing their Timetial.
First question that is usually asked is "What pace".
I have learned to jump the gun and discuss (very quickly !!)with them what we want to achieve for the day. As it turned out yesterday was foul here with freezing wind and rain, so I said "Ease into it, get the rhythm of the pace you feel comfortable with and lets go !"
I had a pretty good idea in my head what they should run considering the conditions. But kept that pretty much too myself as I know one of them would set out to beat that time !.
I followed closely on my Bike (We do these on smooth trails) and along with encouraging words I did time checks at various points to see how they were going. All I said was 'Good stuff, keep it rolling"
My hands were 'frozen' by 11/2 miles, so I knew that my guestimation was going to be pretty close.
I turned out to be "bang on" with that guestimation and the kids were delighted as they said they felt the "effort" was
pretty much correct. I know that in good conditions they would have run 20 secs faster but they are coming to the realisation that you must adjust training to the day.

I also concur with Nobby on the long runs " “Whatever the pace you can manage,” That is what I learned from Bill Baillie and Arthur.
I mentioned earlier in the thread my experiences with long runs.

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