Driven 5 Update: Project Amy Woodward 2009

Amy’s first month has been focused on integrating the training of three sporting disciplines into a consistent pattern of training and establishing her baseline fitness and performance markers. Amy has been competing in bicycle racing the past several years so my goal is to help her balance her training across the three sports without losing her strong cycling abilities, to keep her from overreaching in her training and to learn the technical aspects of swimming. She has had great support from work allowing her to attend noon hour swim sessions which has allowed her to benefit from the on deck coaching from Laurel Hindle. Jon Bird has also provided her with some individual swimming time and provided her with a series of drills for her to work on.

The Result

Amy Woodward has been making huge progress in the pool throughout January! On her first 500m time trial in the pool, she clocked 9:40min:sec (we think she miscounted her lengths. However, two weeks later swimming with a group she was able to swim 8:21min:sec establishing a personal best. Then the breakthrough happened on Wednesday January 28th, two days after setting her personal best the group (including myself) did another 500m time trial and Amy set yet another personal best time of 8:01min:sec. I too set a personal best time of 8:01min:sec but Amy’s progress in the pool thus far is remarkable. She is certainly going to push me in the pool!

Amy is a very positive individual to work with and is very coachable meaning that she processes the information and advice given to her and is able to quickly implement and correct her technique. This is a huge plus for me as I can challenge and advance Amy’s training program without dwelling on her technique for long periods of time.

We are now building towards a February mini training camp in Arizona for Amy where she will be able to put in a solid block of training volume on the bike, run on trails not covered in snow and to catch some valuable recovery/tanning time. I wish I was going too.

Jack VanDyk
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