The only way to discover your strengths is through feedback analysis. Whenever you make a key decision or take a key action, write down what you expect will happen. Nine or 12 months later, compare the actual results with your expectations.  – Peter Drucker

Each year every track and field athlete we work with begins with time spent writing a “Plan”. I will admit the plan is loose and ultimately we spend more time erasing and rewriting than sticking to first draft — a natural by-product of learning the athlete.

The key is to not repeat mistakes and eventually, over time plans will more closely resemble work being done — trial and error.

So this leads me to the topic at hand. Why not talk the “plan” out on the blog?

House and I both have been discussing how we can better educate and simultaneously learn. What better way than being transparent about the process?

Am I always right? No.

Selfishly is this a learning opportunity for me? Yes.

Will I blow minds with science as I try to rationalize my decisions? Hardly.

For example our friend and fellow coach from the south Daniel Martinez came up to talk shop and watch two of our sprint athletes train. He asked a great question about monitoring and prescribing load. I am sure I gave some shit safe answer “yada yada Omegawave yada yada”

When in reality I should have said “Fear”.

Fear is what has driven my decisions over the last year and the eyeball test on the track takes precedence over any data I might collect. Especially with this particular athlete that will be the focus for the series of blog posts. I will sacrifice volume for quality 100% of the time — with the sole goal of keeping the athlete injury free.

Our athlete Hamza Deyaf has an interesting story (athletic resume here, here, and here). He started his first successful company while being a student-athlete at UT (though he would admit the student part was forced upon him). Hamza is an Outlier — would generally skip out on most training that wasn’t on the track. Despite this he still performed and thrived in competition.

During his time at UT he also got married, became a 2 time NCAA All-American, and was well on his way training to make an Olympic team for Libya. Then in 2011 came the Libyan civil war, the dissolution of the Olympic team and the end of Hamza’s training.

Fast forward 4 years…

He is well into his second multi-million dollar company (the first being the Deyaf’s family business), he has one year of training under his belt with us, Libya has stabilized enough for the Olympic team to get organized, and we are in the midst of planning his 2015-2016 season.

The next entry to the series I will outline his general preparation; how we categorize the training and how we will manage fasting during Ramadan.

As training begins I will show all data we are collecting; power indices, Omegawave, and split times.

The information from analyzing the original “plan” to what is being done (plus the training results) will help us build, learn, and understand how to better organize training as we progress through the season.

By: Aaron Davis