Paddle and Race Faster: The Tahoe Waterman Solution
The most frequent question we get about the Tahoe Waterman Coaching Program:
How will it make me 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 in optimal condition for each race. 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 single 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.
Final Result: The Tahoe Waterman paddle training program combines these state-of-the-art coaching and training ideas to provide you with the very best paddle training program and results. If you are looking to paddle and race faster, Coach Jay Wild and the Tahoe Waterman training program is the best solution available today to outrigger paddlers.