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Periodisation in kayaking training: A summary of four papers focusing on the Spanish Men’s National Kayaking Squad from 2006 to 2008

It’s fairly rare to get papers looking at paddlers and it’s also rare to get papers looking at very highly trained international athletes, so when you get both together it’s worth having a look. I came across four papers by Jesús García-Pallarés (plus various other collaborators) which all look at the training of the Spanish National Team from 2006 to 2008 (the ’06/’07 and ’07/’08 seasons). The focus varies between them but I thought they were worth looking at together. The first paper looks at the whole two year period and the others look at particular sections within those two years. All with the same group of paddlers.

I wasn’t expecting this to be such a long post when I started but to tie all four papers together it ended up being fairly long. Since one of the papers considers the whole two year period and the other three look at sections within those two years I’ve started off with that paper and then brought in the other papers to expand on the sections they each cover.

The paddlers in the studies had an average of 11 years training experience at an average age of 26 and paddled 4,415 km per year. All of the paddlers studied had been World Championships finalists. Two of them apparently won gold in 2008; since the only Spanish K2 to win was Saúl Craviotto and Carlos Pérez they must have been in the study! They won the 500 m K2, and Craviotto also won silver K1 200 m in 2012 and gold K2 200 m in 2016 (with Cristian Toro). His coach, Miguel García-Fernández, appears as an author on one of them. Not every day you get to study athletes like that.

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January DW Training

Week 2nd – 8th January 2017

a.m. gym
A, bench press, narrow grip, 5*5 (fingers just onto the smooth part of the bar so not really narrow) 80,90,90,90,80
B, seated cable row, neutral handle: 4*10-12: 52*10, 59*10,11,11
C, DB overhead press, 3*8-10: 20*10,9,10
D1, curls, 3*10-12: 12kg 15,15,15
D2, cross body triceps extensions, 3*8-12: 12 kg *10,10,9
E1, face pulls, 3*10-15
E2, supine hold with 1 arm DB press 12kg, 3*8. Core exercises can be so boring, but this is reasonably isn’t too bad.

p.m. run 25 minutes
Alternating four minutes steady one hard to break it up and make me work (I was going to go for an easy one but Joe convinced me to put a bit of effort in and adding the hard minutes was good for stopping me being lazy!) Continue reading

Devizes to Westminster training plan: a breakdown of the next few months’ training

dw-logoI’ve been posting a training blog / log but haven’t really covered any of the why behind the choices of sessions etc, but whenever I see someone’s training program (and I’ve got loads of snippets from various programs saved away) I always want to work backwards to what is driving the choices and overall structure, although it’s often nice to steal a session or two to add some new variations to your training. So here’s my best shot at breaking down the aims and thinking behind what I’m doing. Continue reading

December DW Training

1st – 11th December
Thursday (1st December), paddle
6-1-6 managed to squeeze a paddle in before going away for the weekend.

Friday & Saturday
No training

Flew back from Berlin. Easy run in the evening, 25 mins 5.5 km.

Monday (5th), Gym
A, bench press from pins, 5*5, lowest pins: 90,95,100,100,102.5 got all 5 but last very slow
Back off set, 90*5
B, seated cable row, neutral handle, 4*10-12: 52*12,12 59*10,10
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My first DW, junior doubles in 2007

Build up

I paddled for a year or two when I was nine/ten ish and raced a few Div 9 races and things but not very much. I restarted paddling when I was 16 just before Easter, I know it was just before Easter because I remember wanting to do the Wey to Elmbridge half marathon, but I was too old. Inevitably, I heard about DW, it’s hard not to hear about DW if you’re down a canoe club at Easter! I was intrigued (and blissfully ignorant of what it actually took to race). I spent the summer doing all the Hasler races I could, and getting more and more into paddling. Near the end of summer, my coach, Sarah, found me a potential partner, with a view to doing DW. He was Fred Rief, who paddled for Cokethorpe school, who had several good DW junior paddlers. By this point I’d only raced Hasler races and regattas but I was convinced I wanted to give the DW a crack. Continue reading

November DW training

Week 31st October – 6th November
Another week much the same a the last couple, there’s no need for any big changes, I just need to keep ticking the sessions off.

Monday (October 31st), Gym
Press, 4*6: 95*6, ,97.5*6,7,6
1 Arm Row, 4*8: 40*12,12,12,12
Skull crushers, 4*8-10: 25*10,30*10,10,8,8
Curls, light, 3*15: 10kg I suck at curls so I’m just adding some each week and keeping it at a light weight for now
Face pulls, 3*12-15
Plank, 60″30″*3 quite hard, I don’t like plank (it just isn’t fun, I prefer exercises like weighted sit ups, landmines and medicine ball throws) but I suck at it so I figure I should try to improve. Continue reading

October DW training

Week 17th – 23rd October 2016

This week was the first after an easy week so in theory should be back up to normal training volume, actually I will try and up it a bit over the next week or two. I didn’t get a run in which I want to next week (running hasn’t traditionally been my strong point and there’s lots of it on DW so I need to work on it). Bodyweight was down to low 88s, so moving in the right direction. Continue reading