This lunchtime (1-2pm) we're joined by athletics coach Fuzz Ahmed who'll be answering your questions about how to set and plan training schedules and goals effectively.
Fuzz Ahmed is a former high jumper. After making his international debut for England at the 1986 Commonwealth Games Fuzz found his way to a four-year sports scholarship to a leading American university, however during this period his career was severally hampered by major injuries. After graduating with a degree in Film and Television Production he returned to the UK where he managed to compete internationally until he retired in 1994. In the latter part of his athletic career he captained the England athletic team on several occasions.
Fuzz has coached international sportsmen and women from a variety of sports, including athletics World and Olympic finalists, rugby and Premiership football players.
Since October 2009 he has worked for UK Athletics as the National Event Coach for High Jump.
How often and for how long do you advocate complete rest from the athlete's chosen sport in a yearly training cycle, for peak performance?
Or in another words, how is the best way to avoid overtraining.
Is it better to aim for a single, primary target race, and to plan your training towards that, or to aim for a series of races to try to minimise the risk of on-the-day disruptions such as weather or illness? How would each impact your training plans?
Ratzer wrote (see)
Hi, Fuzz,Is it better to aim for a single, primary target race, and to plan your training towards that, or to aim for a series of races to try to minimise the risk of on-the-day disruptions such as weather or illness? How would each impact your training plans?
I thought we had answered that one on MG My question(s) are sort of related...
Peaking - how many times a year do you think an athelete can "peak" for say 5k?
Tapering - do short distances need tapering for?
I've run my best times the day after a light (say 8 x 200m) track session - that seems quite normal from group experience (whereby often people run their "short" distance pbs in full marathon training for example).
if you have a long term goal or aspiration (say GFA London marathon time) and you are currently a long way from achieving this (or even wondering if it is possible), how should you go about breaking this down into smaller chunks? My 5 mile PB says I am capable of running at 7 min/mile pace, which would give me a sub 3:15, but my current marathon PB is 3:48 which is a long way shy of 'taregt'.
How does the focus of your jumpers' weight training change between the off / mid / peak season?
Curly45 wrote (see)
I thought we had answered that one on MG
Funny how questions can suddenly jump out of the discussions we have...
Post target event, how should recovery look, in terms of matching the events parameters of specificity, duration, etc. Is there any kind of test available to say that one is ready to move on, whether it be to new training or to a down period?
Apologies for the delay - we're hoping that Fuzz will be online any moment now.
Looking at your answer to Moraghan's question in the gym, I'm assuming your lifts are concentric work? Are plyometrics of use to a jumper? Or is there some gain to be had because of the conversion from the run up?
What's the best way to get back into training after injury? I'm a long distance runner and have had a break from running after a marathon as I messed up my knees. I'm now ready to start training again but don't want to overdo it or hurt myself again, any advice?
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