Winter Training, Olympic Trialling – Australian Squad Too Aggressive?
It's one thing when someone new to the squad is having trouble making the adjustment to the senior level. It's an entirely different situation when a proven, perennial contender (and three-time Olympic gold medalist), still at the top of his game at 37 years of age (in his 17th year preparing for the senior level), asks questions like this. Despite the challenges, Ginn and pair partner Josh Dunkley-Smith performed very well across the four day race series, winning the 5k time trial and the 2k race to get things started right.
This gets at one of the themes we have returned to several times here on RR–that being that it is not possible to be at your physical peak year-round (so it's important not to train like it), and the necessity of building a training arc that develops physical peak at the right moment (this goes back to the idea of 'Periodization,' which has been in use for some time across a number of endurance sports). Ultimately, as Ginn knows, no one cares who is fast in December. The important thing is to be fast in July, 2012. What Ginn appears to be reacting to is what he sees as a departure from that ultimate goal, focusing too heavily on the here and now, rather than building the arc for the year–the most important year of the cycle. The Australian team is coming off it's most successful world championship regatta to date–no doubt Ginn would like to see that as a stepping stone to something even better, rather than a high water mark.