2020 Individual Paddle Training Program
Work with Coach Jay Wild one-on-one for an individual paddle training program designed specifically for you.
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HOW DOES THIS TRAINING HELP ME PADDLE FASTER?
Racing faster. That's what everyone is after. The Tahoe Waterman paddle training program helps you get faster in several ways.
Sports-Science Based Conditioning Plans: Instead of ad-hoc workouts that provide general paddling conditioning, our plans are specifically phased and personalized to get you to optimal condition for your goal race(s). The periodized training plans work in 5-week blocks that build on one another to aid paddlers in reaching peak fitness. To do that, the plan includes specific training to build a strong endurance base, the necessary paddler power and strength, race speed, and importantly, the right stroke and paddle technique to really take advantage of your optimal physical conditioning. Every aspect of your training and technique is optimized using the latest sports science and training techniques.
Science-based, Elite-Performance Driven Stroke Technique: You've probably heard of the Tahitian stroke and several other stroke technique models. Each club seems to have its own stroke style that is born out of years of experience, tradition, and some ad-hoc thinking or copycatting of other teams. At Tahoe Waterman, our stroke technique is based on the science of paddling - drawn from decades of experience from Olympic-level paddlers, combined with the on-the-water experience of Coach Jay Wild, an elite paddler who successfully competes globally in paddle sports races. When you work with Coach Jay, you can be confident that you are learning the best of the paddling world's science-based, elite performance-driven paddling technique.
Data-Driven Fitness Optimization: We encourage our athletes to share their workout data from performance measurement devices like sports watches, heart-rate monitors, and stroke sensors. Coach Jay reviews and uses this data to fully understand the effectiveness of the training program, and your progress in building fitness. He tunes and optimizes your training based on real results and data, combined with qualitative feedback from you, the athlete. This is one of the most under-utilized training components in the outrigger paddling community today. At Tahoe Waterman, all of that translates to one simple thing - YOU going faster than your peers because your training is perfectly optimized for you.
Stroke-Rate Based Training: Somehow paddling athletes know that stroke rate matters but, mysteriously, this critical component of paddling has gone largely unaddressed. At Tahoe Waterman, we're changing that: we formalize the role of stroke rate as it relates to heart-rate, paddler effort/work, your boat speed, and stroke technique. They are all precisely and predictably interconnected. As such, our workouts nearly always specify stroke rate, along with the more common training interval elements (e.g. number of intervals, heart rate or effort level, distance or time per interval). As a result, the comment we hear most from our athletes?
"Since I added stroke rate to my training and racing, I am finally in full control of my paddling."
You'll be pleasantly surprised by how much it matters.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
The Individual Paddle Training Program is an in-season, integrated training program including a periodized, personalized training plan and in-person (on-site) paddle technique sessions. The program is coordinated with your schedule and depending on your circumstances can incorporate group or club workouts in your training plan. Individual training session details are delivered via Training Peaks or daily emails for easy access.
All plans and technique sessions are designed and delivered by Coach Jay Wild.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This program is best for individual outrigger canoe paddlers, as follows:
Member of an Outrigger Canoe Club or Group Looking to Perform Better in an OC6: This program is ideal for a member of an OC6 squad. You are paddling with a club or team and you'd like to improve your performance as part of a 6-person OC6 boat. The training program is optimized around your specific performance and personalized for the goals, race plan, and needs of the OC6 crew. You will receive individual workout sessions as part of your plan - taking into account your regular OC6 workouts, along with individual sessions uniquely for you for the remainder of the week. The training plan - typically five to six workouts per week - is delivered to you via the online training platform called TrainingPeaks. You are aided at every step of the way by Coach Jay. Jay delivers in-person paddle technique sessions with you and/or works with recorded video for stroke analysis. You can look forward to Coach Jay riding along for occasional training sessions throughout the season. Get the kind of attention you deserve (and need) to get faster and race your best race.
OC1 Racer: This plan is perfect for an individual paddler looking to get faster in an individual outrigger canoe (OC1). Coach Jay provides a 5-6-day per week training plan for you, optimized to meet your specific 2020 training and racing goals The phased plan is personalized for your specific starting context - physical condition, paddling experience, and the number of days per week you have to train. You can execute the training individually, or incorporate group or club workouts, as you prefer. Coach Jay delivers in-person paddle technique sessions to you and he'll occasionally ride along for individual training sessions throughout the plan. Get the kind of attention you deserve (and need) to get faster and race your best race.