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"Crashing"... a harsh reality in Judo training or just me? 

So this week I have missed all my Judo sessions.
Partly this is work related with me getting in home, but partly it's me having not tried hard enough to get to training.

Those of you have been following this blog for a while might have noticed I have done this before. It seems every four weeks or so, I "fall off the wagon", and my training dies for about a week.

In terms of coaching, you can expect this to happen with anyone you are coaching. Maybe not with the frequency I have finding, but all the people you meet will "lose it" occasionally.

There are two things to consider here, one is how to predict the crashes and second how to minimize the impact and or frequency.

So... Predicting a crash.
The best methodology I know to predict a crash is to keep good paperwork. Both you and your player should keep training records and diaries. Keep charts of the training, measure the amount, intensity, duration. Keep records also of the emotional and physical responses to the training. Was it a "good session", did you over do it, do you feel sick? Are you feeling positive or negative?

Again, both you AND your player need to keep diaries/records. Comparing the two will highlight areas where you and your player see things differently.

From these records you will hopefully be able to "see" patterns, like my 4 weekly crashes. Or maybe it's just after a competition (or just before)? Maybe it is a diet thing? Maybe it was a bad Randori?

Once you have started predicting the crashes you can start trying to...

...preventing and coping with crashes.

This to be frank is the hard bit and very much where your abilities / talents / skills / magic as a coach will be needed. It'll take a good knowledge of your player and of the causes of the crashes.

Then you'll need to decide upon, what they call in sport psychology, "interventions".
By that all they really mean "doing stuff" to make things better.

So, if you know that for example your players motivation crashes just before a competition, you can address this in a number of ways. For example, the motivation might be crashing as they get nervous about losing. So maybe do some mental rehearsal work to lower their anxiety levels. This might prevent the crash.

Alternatively, such as my case, you could consider revising your periodization plan. In my case, I am "trying" to schedule the transition phases between cycles for the week I expect a crash. So changing things up in that week when I expect to crash.

In summary, good record keeping and review will help you detect the crashes in advance. Then if you can see them coming, you can implement strategies to prevent or minimize the crashes.


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Podcast delayed...sorry! 

Sorry folks, but I managed to record half an hour of silence rather than an action packed Judo podcast today. I shall record it again and post it as soon as I can.
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World Judo Masters 2008 Training - Week 29/48.  

Hi all, well this/last week was a pretty good one, except for the complete failure of my weight to go down at all. :(

So this week is a continuation of the macro cycle I am on to develop my endurance. Which translate into getting off the couch and avoiding that cathode ray tube in the corner.

On Monday I went to Paul Jones' place in Basingstoke. Tuesday, I ran and did a short Judo skill session. Wednesday, ran, Thursday, avoided divorce by NOT training and going out for dinner with my wife. Friday.... lets not talk about it. Saturday, 6 mile run.
Sunday, nil.

10 point something miles for the week on the road, if only Judo was as easy as running. It i so easy to measure progress and set goals. Judo is not so easy. :(

Anyway, despite a lack of Judo, I had a good week, more next time.

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The Special Judo Fitness Test redux 

Hi all,
as I have been exploring online video tools, I thought I'd repost the special Judo fitness test video I made back in 2006!

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World Judo Masters 2008 Training - Week 28/48.  

Hi All,

This week has been a pretty good one, I am getting things sorted for the world masters.
You know budget, flights, accommodation, etc. I am hoping to book everything up this week. I am hoping to go with three other people and make ourselves into a small team. I spoke with people this week about how I am hoping to make this trip a bit special and more enjoyable and unique... details will follow. :-)

So... this week I got out there and did some good training. Both clubs I trained at this week seem to be on a conditioning phase. Which is a bonus for me as I am technically in a endurance phase for the next 4 weeks. So Paul's session (Monday) and the session Derek and Steve took (Thursday) which were both pretty heavy going and pretty good going.

Tuesday I got out for a 3 and a bit mile run, which was great even though the heavens opened about 2 minutes in and I got drenched! I felt pretty healthy and did an okay pace. Saturday, I got out and did a 5.8 mile run! The best bit was I felt good all the way round, now (real) pain in my left achilles, maybe the training is starting to work.

This week has been interesting, the thought processes and discussion around the trip to Brussels in June have been really interesting and my enthusiasm is growing.
My thought/plan is to try and put some things together that will make the trip really exciting. It will all depend on what happens in the next few weeks and mainly on budgets, but if it comes together... it'll be really cool!

Anyway, I really enjoyed training this week, I am looking forward to being more capable over the following weeks.

As I said above, the past couple of weeks and the next few are all about building (maybe repairing is more accurate) my base fitness. So, longer sessions, with a low-medium intensity is ideal. Of course as my base fitness is so low, the intensity is probably too high technically. ;-)
Anyway... it is probably worth noting that when you make plans and try and follow "the science" you need to balance the perfect plan against reality and imperfection. So although arguably, I should be keeping the intensity lower, having it a bit higher is something you just need to work around.

On the Judo side, I have been working Ippon Seoi this week, and by the end of the Thursday session it was feeling pretty comfortable, it would have been nice to have had the technical session on Wednesday I had planned and worked on it some more. But, as above, you can only do what you can do.

I am looking forward to next week, I'll let you know how I get on. :)
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