2020 Individual Off-Season Paddle Training Program
Work with Coach Jay Wild one-on-one for an individual off-season training program personalized for you.
Program runs through March 31, 2020. Join anytime.
Questions? Send us a note.
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 an 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 IT WORK?
The Individual Off-Season Paddle Training Progam is an integrated paddle training program including strength training, indoor and outdoor paddling, technique analysis and tuning, and either 3 sessions per week or 5-6 sessions per week workout plan delivered via Training Peaks or daily emails. The program centers on athlete-driven workouts following the plan provided by Coach Jay Wild.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE OFF-SEASON TRAINING PROGRAM?
Take advantage of the off-season winter months to hone your paddling technique, and build a bigger, more powerful paddling engine.
WEIGHT TRAINING. Weight training strengthens your paddling muscle framework to deliver more power in each stroke. You can do the weight training in your home, at a local gym, or even a hotel gym if you are traveling for work.
TECHNIQUE ANALYSIS. Technique analysis and tuning are conducted monthly using an indoor paddling erg or paddling outdoors on calm water on your OC1 or surf ski. Use our easy-to-follow Stroke Analysis Video Guide to help a friend capture video of your stroke using a mobile phone. Coach Jay will analyze your stroke and recommend specific opportunities for improvement. His feedback includes clear instructions on the necessary stroke changes and the skill-building drills.
INDOOR/OUTDOOR PADDLING. Indoor paddle erg and/or on-water paddling interval sessions help maintain or build fitness throughout the winter.
CROSS-TRAINING: Mix up your training. Gear up and get outside for a run, bike, cross-country ski, or other cross-training sessions.
EXPERT SPEAKERS: Build your knowledge, skills and practical know-how from monthly expert presentations on training, technique, nutrition, sports psychology, and other topics. Tune in online as we live stream presentations via Facebook.
PERFORMANCE TESTING (Optional). Performance testing includes the 'gold standards' (Lactate Threshold, VO2 Max) used by professional and recreational endurance athletes to determine optimal training intensity and track performance gains over time. Testing is conducted by a sports medicine expert in your area - we can recommend a good source from our network or you can source one. If available, the test outputs are integrated into your daily workout plans thereby personalizing each workout for your particular fitness level and strengths/weaknesses. Note: There is an additional one-time fee for Performance Testing.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This program is right for individual paddling athletes looking to take advantage of the winter months to train part-time (2-3 days per week) or full-time (5 days per week). Geographically, this program is used by athletes in the US, Canada, Great Britian, Ireland, Australia, and Canada
PRO PLAN (PART-TIME): The part-time plan is great for participants looking to enjoy other off-season sports activities while maintaining paddling-specific fitness, or for busy professionals or those with a family who want to make the most of several workouts per week.
EXPERT PLAN (FULL-TIME): The full-time plan is perfect for serious paddlers looking to significantly improve their paddling performance over the winter and hit the water in Summer 2020 ready to crush it.