How They Train #3: Nicole Sifuentes 2005 Indoor Season

This is the third edition of ‘How They Train’ in which athletes and/or coaches will post an interesting block of training, provide some context and relevant detail, and avail themselves for an interactive Q & A in the Community Forum. This offers a great opportunity to learn the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of different training. Over time, we plan to host a variety of How They Train segments with friends and colleagues. Sifuentes will return for a future How They Train to share a block from her peak racing season.

Training block Intro

I chose this particular chapter in my running career because it will always be especially memorable… I ran a PB almost every time I touched the track. My high school coach trained me with low volume (wisdom right there!!) so when I got to Michigan and began training with the XC team, my mileage naturally went up (though as you will see, still not very high) They say “strength equals speed” and I definitely enjoyed the results of increased strength: During these 5 weeks I set a Canadian Junior Record, won gold and silver medals at the Big10 Championships and became an NCAA Champion in the Distance Medley Relay. 

I am able to share these records from 14 years ago because my high school coach taught me the habit of keeping a training journal. Recording my training taught me to pay attention to what I was doing and take ownership of my work. Even as a freshman in college I was allowed a lot of input into my training because I tracked my training history and knew myself well. In these weeks you'll see many days off and many short runs.  You'll see a pure speed ladder including reps of 30m and 50m. My new college coach respected my input and incorporated these training days at my request. At the same time, I was running reps longer than ever before (800m and 1000m!) and trying new events like the 600m and 1200m in competition. 

Thinking back, this was still very much a season of transition from my high school training. It was successful because of the mutual trust between myself and my college coach, and it was the beginning of long and successful running career including 2 Olympics, a Canadian record (still standing but not for long I bet!) and a Bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships.

 

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