Sunday at DISC was a mess
The Sunday aboc session was bad, I need to do better!
Sunday night's DISC training session ended up a bit of a schmozzle. We had to start an hour late due to a heap of 'come & try' sessions, which is fine, and wasn't the problem, and it was great to see how well the sessions were attended. Lots of enthusiasm, that's for sure.
We had a range of abilities at the track, also not a problem, but for my enduro sessions I tried to run a drill we call 'two teams take half a lap' that just didn't work. You have the enduro riders split in half, a bunch on each side of the track lapping at E1 effort (generally 30km/h, recovery pace), on the whistle, the rider in front has to jump across to the other group (thus 'take half a lap'). It's usually a good interval session for enduro riders, but it just didn't work last night. The groups ended up split up quite badly and in the end we had to consolidate it down to one group and take a full lap, but that was too far for most riders and the 20 minute block was awful to watch! I felt quite bad for the riders who while I'm sure they got a good working over in terms of fitness, probably didn't enjoy the block or gain any skills from it.
I might have to use the motorbike next time to control the pace and to be one 'team', and also try and make the drill appropriate for some of the less experienced riders.
Our final enduro block was a 10 minute 'take a lap grandprix' and that worked well, I managed to recover enough from my flying 100's to take a lap or two with Dino, while watching Shane 'teh Llama' and Jonathon blasting their laps at 'scare the v-train' speeds. I think with a bit more time on the boards Shane could be a very good pursuiter - possibly nationals or world masters level. He's got a great ability to drive through pain that you need for that discipline. Jonathon's done a lot of racing at a high level, but we need to coax him into being a bit more generous with space for the less experienced riders!
The sprint blocks went well, in particular it was great to see Emily Apolito riding the track banks like a veteran, showing one of the Dundas girls the ropes for how to ride a flying lap.
Stu 'V-Train' Vaughan has volunteered to run a session soon so I get a weekend off. Good-o!