With my new blog, you can ask me specific questions OR play “stump the dummy”…. Ready ?

This is a new concept for me so I’ll be learning as we go along – right now, my “learning curve” is pretty vertical…..

As most of you know (or maybe don’t), I’ve got over 20 years of coaching experience that includes working more than 80 clients — from an initial 5k  race to earning a podium position at an Ironman.

I want to share what I’ve learned about the science AND art of multi-sport coaching and training soooooooo…. I’m asking for questions that can help you train and race smarter. The blog is “interactive” in that it’s basically a Q&A site — you ask a general or specific question and I’ll give you the best answer I can, either right away or after I do some research…

For now, let me know what you’d like me to talk about, topics that interest you, or questions you haven’t been about to get a straight answer on.


10 thoughts on “With my new blog, you can ask me specific questions OR play “stump the dummy”…. Ready ?”

    1. The standard measurement for a pool is 25 meters, called “Olympic distance” – 84 feet for one length of the pool.

      Checked around with local pools and confirmed that they are all Olympic distance with one possible exception — and added info on each with some FYI comments.

      NISD Culebra – indoor, can expand to 50m 210-397-7500
      Jewish Community Center – outdoor 210-302-6820
      Dub Ferris Aquatic Center – indoor, can expand to 50m 210-397-7525
      San Antonio Natatorium – indoor 210-207-3299
      UTSA Chisholm Hall – indoor 210-697-4400
      Univ of Incarnate Word – indoor, above ground (indiv stated it was 25 yard, but didn’t seem sure) 210-229-2798
      San Antonio College – indoor 210-486-1010
      Palo Alto College – indoor 210-486-3808

    1. The simple answer to both your questions is “yes”. However, there are caveats to doing either. Electronically, it is possible to export a training plan that’s been created, but the recipient has to have the same computer program it’s been exported from – the computer program capabilities of the sender and receiver have to be able to match; sometimes an imported file can be saved and reformatted, but that may cause some information to be lost.

      Plan-content is a separate hazard. As for importing a plan from an excel spreadsheet, the worth of the plan will be somewhat dictated on the amount of information provided on the spreadsheet – normally an excel plan may lack the specific details needed for a workout to be clear and effective – how long, how much, how hard, etc. Perhaps a better format than excel would be a training plan template, i.e., Training Peaks, that allows the originator to be more creative, able to change a workout for various reasons, and provide more variation in the plan.

      From a “coaching” perspective, any athlete can gain access to programs to coach themselves or erroneously follow one from the internet or a magazine – don’t ! Any training plan exported in any format, printed or electronic, must 1) be tailored to the individual’s strengths and weaknesses, 2) reflect and pursue specific training & racing goals AND 3) be closely monitored for effectiveness and adjusted to changing athletic abilities, goals and “non-sport” events, None of the three pursuits are effective without coordination with the other two.

      The ease of putting out plans over the internet or in print without ongoing, human dialogue and ongoing validation and adjustment does a disservice to the athlete – self-inflicted or otherwise. Without human interface, the document used is, at best, just a plan; “coaching” is not inferred or possible. Coaching either oneself or someone else is both a science AND art.

      Ok, I’ll get down off my soapbox…..

  1. Since I’ve only been “blogging” for 2 weeks, my “learning curve” is pretty vertical…. I’m learning as I go along…

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