Skill De­vel­op­ment

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION -

In the ju­nior cat­e­gory, elite rac­ing is all about speed, with su­per-sprint dis­tance races mak­ing up the ma­jor­ity of events. Aer­o­bic fit­ness is al­ways the ba­sis of train­ing, but this is in­cor­po­rated along­side skills and speed work.

“It’s re­ally try­ing to build an en­vi­ron­ment where we’re fo­cus­ing kids on pro­cessed-based train­ing. We’re try­ing to teach them how to be bet­ter triath­letes, not just fit­ter triath­letes,” says Kelly Guest, founder and coach of Kelly’s Kids Triathlon Club and Live Fit Coach­ing in Vic­to­ria.

Med­calf fol­lows a sim­i­lar ap­proach with kids, spend­ing time round­ing out skills. She adds that it’s im­por­tant to build plans based on in­di­vid­ual growth. For ex­am­ple, through the ju­nior age group, some ath­letes will al­ready be de­vel­oped and ready for the weight room, while oth­ers won’t have reached that stage.

The ath­letes Deutsch works with are usu­ally on their school track or swim team, some­times both, which helps to de­velop the skills and speed needed for fast and fre­netic draft-le­gal rac­ing. The events are short and

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