From there, we take a broad look at data and look at why it’s so easy to obsess over singular numbers. Whether it’s mileage per week, weight, or VO2max, it’s incredibly easy to fall in love with numbers that we can measure. Jon discusses why he doesn’t even track mileage. Instead of using mileage or workout splits as end goals, you should flip the script and use them as feedback. This culminates in a discussion on why as coaches and athletes we should get away from comparing workouts
To finish things off, we talk about how to stay away from being a lazy coach. Meaning, don’t fall into the trap of writing prescriptions and not paying attention to the athlete. Take an athlete first approach to training and you’ll be fine. With data, it’s not about fancy gadgets or statistics, instead everything you see as a coach is data. How a person walks to practice, how they look at the end of each rep, their demeanor, even how they text or email; it’s all data. Determine what provides you actionable change and go with that.
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