LETC growing up (PART 2); where are you?

Triathlon LTAD

In this section, we're looking a little more at the stages of athlete development in triathlon through interpreting Triathlon Canada's Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model in our context. Where Tri  Canada has used different terminology (in red) that the learning to train, training to train, etc. we'll use both to facilitate things a little.

The LTAD model is based on ITU racing and does not necessarily cover non-drafting events, elite 70.3 and Ironman athletes.  It designed for the needs of younger athletes in a high performance competitive stream preparing to Olympics and World Championship.  Reality is that most participants in individual sport, especially in individual endurance sport events are not in the high performance stream.

Knowing what is happening in a high performance stream is nearly impossible to understand unless you have been there.

At LETC, we believe everyone has the right to be trained like a high performance athlete.  The results may not be high performance, but if you are willing to train as a professional we are willing to treat you as a professional.  However, as with any professional, you still have to learn your way to the top by acquiring behaviour habits and earn respect for modelling those habits. This takes time.

At each stage of training, there will be coaches specialized to coach at that level.  An athlete at the learning to train stage will gain no more advantage from a coach who works with those competing to win.  In reality, the opposite may be true as the higher level coach may not be familiar with the needs of developing athletes as much as they are with the needs of the more advanced athlete.  Similarly, skill, fitness and behaviour assumptions of the advanced coach may be incompatible with the abilities of the developing athlete.

So have a look through the following descriptions from Triathlon Canada's long term athlete development model and see if you can figure out where you fit in.  The language may be a little weird at times, but we're "interpreted" some here and there for you :-)

Active for Life

  • no history of training required to join this stage
  • no minimum limit to hours of training per week
  • no minimum limit to weeks of training every year
  • unstructured to structured / season to yearly programs
  • mostly group program with some individual plan
  • many do not have a program or long term plan
  • Transfer to Long Distance Events
  • Transition from ITU competitive stream to age group competitive
  • Participate for fitness
  • Social needs addressed

Programs

  • Regional sport clubs
  • Individuals training on their own
  • Online coaching solutions

Competing to Win | Maintenance

  • 9-10+ years of dedicated training to achieve this stage
  • 20-30 hours of sport specific training per week
  • competing in triathlon is your career, who you are and the centre of your lifestyle although work, school or social are not neglected (pick one of those!)
  • 50+ weeks of training every year
  • yearly or quadrennial programs
  • individualized program in group workout setting as needed
  • racing to win at every event entered
  • Mastery and Maintenance of technical, physical and mental skills
  • Interdependent Athlete
  • Realize Physical Potential
  • Career Transition
  • individualized support team- physiotherapists, massage therapists, sport MD, sport psychologist, physiologist, performance analyst, sport technical coaches, managers, etc.

Programs

  • National Team
  • High Performance Coaches

Training to CompeteInvestment

  • 6-8 years of dedicated training to achieve this stage
  • 20-30 hours of sport specific training per week
  • 50+ weeks of training every year
  • competing in triathlon is your desired career, part of who you are and the centre of your lifestyle although work, school and social are not neglected (pick one of those!)
  • yearly programs
  • individualized programs mostly, some group workouts
  • racing to be competitive
  • Talent Prediction
  • Identity = International Performer
  • Mastery of Self-Management
  • Achieving Race Consistency
  • Educational Options Pursued
  • well developed support team

Programs

  • National Triathlon Centres
  • Competition Development Coaches
  • High Performance Coaches
  • Development Team / National Team

Training to train | Specializing

  • 3-5 years of dedicated training to achieve this stage
  • 12-20 hours of sport specific training per week
  • 48+ weeks of training every year
  • training for triathlon is central to your life along with work, school or social and a key part of your identity
  • seasonal to yearly programs
  • group program with individualization
  • racing to learn and advance results
  • Talent Selection
  • Identity = Triathlete
  • Choose to Train & Compete
  • Learning to Become Independent
  • Domestic Competition
  • consolidating use of support team

Programs

  • National Triathlon Centres
  • Competition Development Coaches
  • National Development Team

Learning to train | Sampling

  • 1-2 years of dedicated training to achieve this stage
  • 12-20 hours of sport specific training per week
  • 26+ weeks of training every year
  • learning to training for triathlon is a big part of your identity
  • seasonal to yearly programs
  • group program with some individualization
  • racing to learn
  • Talent Detection
  • Learning to Enjoy Effort
  • Technical Mastery
  • Learning to Express Speed
  • learning to use support team

Programs

  • Kids of Steel as racing
  • Provincial Sport Programs
  • National Triathlon Centres
  • Swim Clubs
  • Summer based programs for swim clubs

Fundamentals

  • Physical Literacy
  • Positive Attitudes
  • Fundamental Motor Ability
  • Teaching Games for understanding

Active start

  • General mobility

Now that you got this far, tell us what stage you think you're in so we can help direct our programs better!

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