Great article from Alex Hutchinson, from sweatscience.com. The concept applies to much more than running …
Developing a feel for your speed is key to efficient running, Canadian athletes learn
From Thursday’s Globe and Mail
Should I be pacing myself or going all out when I’m training?
Last winter, gold medalist Simon Whitfield led a squad of triathletes from the Canadian national team on a trip to Nike headquarters in Portland, Ore., for a 10-day training camp. Their goal: to elevate their running game by learning from the elite crew of distance runners and highly sought after coaches based there.
One of the key lessons they picked up was the importance of finding the right pace – that, at least in training, going faster isn’t always better. It may sound obvious, but sports psychologists believe that learning to monitor and adjust to feedback during training is a powerful tool for developing expertise – even in apparently simple activities such as running and biking.
The group Mr. Whitfield trained with in Portland included Simon Bairu of Regina, who earlier this month smashed the Canadian record for 10,000 metres by 13 seconds at a race in Palo Alto, Calif., running 27:23.63. Chris Solinsky, another member of the group, broke the U.S. record in the same race, and a third member of the Portland group also dipped below the old U.S. record.
“They’re so precise about their pacing,” Mr. Whitfield says. “We came home with the message that when a tempo run is supposed to be, let’s say, 3:05 [per kilometre] pace, then 3:03 pace is not a success. That’s a fail.”
Such precision may be daunting, but it’s a hallmark of “deliberate practice,” a concept advanced by Florida State University cognitive psychologist Anders Ericsson and popularized in recent books like Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success. The best way to master an activity is not simply to repeat it mindlessly over and over again, Dr. Ericsson argues, but to set specific goals and monitor how well you meet them.
The theory is most commonly applied to highly technical activities such as tennis or violin; for simpler activities such as running, “practice” usually involves simply heading out the door and doing it. But in a study of the training practices of elite runners by University of Ottawa researchers Bradley Young and John Salmela, what separated the highest-performing group from their less accomplished peers was how much they incorporated elements such as interval training, tempo runs and time trials, all of which require ongoing attention to pace and other feedback.
Great way to close out the season! Reed was also third in the last Golden League event of the season a week ago in Brussels.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2009
British Columbian Gary Reed’s silver-medal finish in the 800-metre race led Canadians at the IAAF World Athletics Final meet in Thessaloniki, Greece Saturday.
Racing before a crowd of 27500, Reed was lying in seventh place with 200 metres to go when he put in his final kick that pushed him past South African Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the world champion at that distance.
Reed finished in second behind Kenya’s David Lekuta, who claimed gold with a 1:44.85 time.
Read entire article here.
Nash has full plate leading up to NBA season
BY CLEVE DHEENSAW, TIMES COLONIST
JULY 30, 2009
Steve Nash of Victoria will be making more dockings in his home province in the next few months than a B.C. ferry.
There is the Showdown in Downtown charity soccer game at David Lam Park in Vancouver on Sept. 19 and a National Basketball Association preseason game between his Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trail Blazers at GM Place on Oct. 22. But the most personally satisfying occasion will be when Nash receives an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University of Victoria in a special convocation ceremony Sept. 18 at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. The ceremony will be webcast.
“I don’t want to sound like a jerk or anything, but I’ve been offered a lot of honourary degrees, and this is the only one I’ve accepted,” said Nash, in a teleconference interview yesterday with B.C. media.
“How could I say no to UVic? It was a big part of my basketball upbringing. UVic has a special place in my heart. I grew up in McKinnon Gym. It was such a central part of our [Gordon Head] community and I lived in that gym.”
Read the entire article here.
Let’s see a huge turnout tomorrow at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver and the BC Arts Council offices in Victoria.
btw, the big grey square below isn’t a missing graphic. It’s a metaphor for a world without culture.
Media Release: Sept 8, 2009
From the Direct Action Committee of the Alliance for Arts and Culture.
CULTURE MATTERS – DON’T TORCH THE ARTS!
We call on all those who believe in the value of arts and culture in our communities to join a rally at noon on Wednesday, September 9th in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery to bring public attention to the recently announced, brutal cuts to our sector by the BC government.
Funding to the arts and culture sector has NOT been restored; the provincial government is planning to cut over 80% of what has consisted of only 1/20th of 1% of the provincial budget. No other provinces in Canada have reduced support for a sector that, according to government statistics, produces significant returns on investment. This is a sector that creates both social and economic capital. ART WORKS!
We ask you to consider the ways that arts and culture touch your daily lives at home, in the streets, your children in schools, community centres, on TV, your music, on the internet, in videogames and in theatres, museums and galleries. We ask you to think about culture as part of our individual and community identities, a way to connect with our diverse origins…with who we are today and with what we care about. Arts and culture are woven into the fabric of our daily lives. The arts are NOT A FRILL!
Our symbol is a grey and empty rectangle, a metaphor for a world without art and culture.
Please join us.
Brenda Leadlay: firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-990-2690
Judith Marcuse: Judith@jmprojects.ca or 604-319-8436
This is a phenomenal achievement, especially if you consider the route she took down Vancouver Island.
Yesterday, for example, Segger ran the West Coast trail in a single day!! This is a hike that seasoned hikers consider a grueling week-long trek. Congratulations Jen!! Just amazing.
From Jen Seggers’s twitter account …
is so thankful for everyone’s support! Now….off to bed and shower. Its been a long 4 days, time for some zzzzz’s
about 2 hours ago from web
DONE!!!! The Vancouver Island Quest is finished as of 5:48am this morning!
about 2 hours ago from web
Ryan Cochrane of Victoria, B.C., earned his second medal of the world swimming championships on Sunday with a second-place finish in the men’s 1,500-metre freestyle event.
Cochrane was in and out of the lead during his 14 minute, 41.38 second swim before finally finishing second behind Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia, who finished in 14:37.28.
China’s Sun Yang took the bronze.
“It was unexpected by how, well, frankly how easy it was in the first half. That always feels good,” said Cochrane, who won bronze in the 1,500 at the Beijing Olympics.
“In Beijing last year it was a pretty hard final to make, so I knew it was going to hurt going into the finals and it did,” Cochrane said.
The pain was worth it as Cochrane, who also won bronze in the 800 on Wednesday, secured a third swimming medal for the national team and the country’s ninth medal overall at the event.
Vancouver’s Annamay Pierse earned silver in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke on Friday. Canada also won three diving medals, two in synchronized swimming and a silver in women’s water polo.
This year, we’ll be doing stories on the new Canadian Men’s Eight (last year’s won GOLD at the Shunyi Basin, Beijing 2008), and the Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Doubles.
All three crews had great results at the prestigious Lucerne (Switzerland) regatta a few weeks ago, and we’re preparing stories to be broadcast for this year’s World Championships in Poznan, Poland.
I took the photo above of last year’s Men’s Eight (M8+) taking their boat out for an early morning training session.