We coaches test our athletes and on those values we’re planning their training scheme for a micro, macro or whatever cycle. We have one plan and we’re happy with it. We’re hoping that is enough!
My opinion from real world is that is not near enough.
I think this is utopic thinking of many S&C coaches, as there are many, many different “ways-to-go” of our sessions and then there are some natural consequences on which we don’t have any influence at all (sickness, injuries, travel, happy main coach who think that all intervals are the same.) Being on “dark-side” of coaching for some time I can attest that we as S&C coaches have to be well prepared for different occasions on which we don’t have any influence as we often are.
That’s why I developed Interval Training Calculator excel spreadsheet to ease my job. To clarify what I am writing about I will write down short post.
Recently I tested myself on MAS 5 minute run. I performed these test on track and field surface. I inserted time and distance into ITC and excel spreadsheet manage to calculate MAS values for itself. Bravo Excel J. MAS being performance measure meaning maximal aerobic speed. Often explained as maximal speed with which we can run from 4,5 to 6,5 minutes.