Running with the Tigers – Week 4

This week was another enjoyable and amazing run with tigers. To start this week off, there was the routinely FAST session on the Tuesday night which involved completing repeated sprints. We performed 10 sprints over 100m with the intensity in the form of meeting between two times. My times for this activity was between 13.5 and 14.5 seconds which is a big margin to fit between. However, this proved challenging when reaching the last 3 sprints of the session as this is where either oxygen deprivation hits you or a build of lactic results in the legs locking up. As you could imagine it was very hard to move after finishing this session with even the cooldown lap around the track proving to be difficult for myself. Despite this, this was an awesome session and was important in teaching the athletes about judging ones’ speed and adjusting race pace to meet a certain intensity. As well as this, I learnt that it was important to be explosive at the start of the sprint in order to level out into a comfortable pace towards the end and this proved to be very helpful message to take on board when 6-7 sprints in.

The next two training session were most likely the hardest sessions I have done so far. These included completing five 200m sprints in the form of team relays and pyramid hill sprints at the Governor Generals House. Both were designed to push the limits of an athlete and to solidify the notion of technique being key when running. Not only this but when you are fatigued the arms drive the legs so long as your arms are moving then your legs will also move as a result. From a coaching point of view, I learnt many things throughout this week’s lot of sessions like grouping the athletes in terms of training age and similar physical abilities. I also learnt that our job as coaches isn’t just about teaching the athlete the correct techniques and lead them through the different session activities but to also motivate the athlete. Our job is to push the athlete above and beyond, so they are able to reach new heights within their athletic career. This statement really sat with me and is one of the important lessons I have learnt throughout this internship.

Not only were there sessions with Steve this week but we also had the Tiger Cubs session held on Saturday mornings. This week was the first week where Alex and I were able to implement a program that we had written focusing on run and jump. The weather wasn’t the best, but everyone seemed to have a whole bunch of fun in the cold both parents and kids. It was awesome to see so many talented kids getting involved and enjoying all the activities that we had offered them. It was amazing to see the initiative of the junior coaches who helped out on the day as well and to see that they were really taking charge and making each station their own. With that being said I would like to say thankyou to all of the junior coaches who helped out, you guys are awesome and to the parents and kids who stuck it out through the cold and rain.

Another week finished and another amazing time spent running with tigers.

Jordan Green