Biathlon Training Effects and Processes

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A: IntroductionPage 2

B: Strengths and WeaknessesPage 2

C: Training DiaryPage 4

D: Justification of ProgrammePage 5

E: Programme ModificationsPage 6

F: EvaluationPage 7

G: AppendicesPage 8

H: BibliographyPage 9

The Biathlon is generally any sporting event made up of two disciplines. In our case this term, the two different sports are swimming and running. The swim is conducted first in a length of 300 metres in a 50 metre Olympic pool and the run is followed as 8 laps of approximately 375 metres around a course totalling to 3 kilometres of running. Thus, our biathlon is; a 300m swim followed with a 3km run. This event is timed and also accounts for the switch-up athletes have to perform, from swimmers into appropriate clothes for the run while drying themselves off quickly in the process. This can be a crucial part in the event as precious time can be lost, resulting in a slower overall time.

I have extensive experiences with this event as I have completed many swim/run biathlons along with my swimming training throughout the past few years. I also participated in the Year 11 biathlon term last year, breaking a school record and achieving a high practical assessment mark. This term I set myself the chief goal to break that record again through a training programme I designed in conjunction with my swimming coach and my teacher. This was done by identifying my strengths and weaknesses to formulate a personalised action plan to achieve the goals I aimed for and with that, a training diary was implemented to record everything I was doing. The purpose of this assignment is to evaluate my original performance, to design and justify my training programme in relation to the processes and effects of training and exercising, and to explain and clarify why the programme helped improve my performance in the biathlon.

Strengths and Weaknesses
As a biathlete it is important to identify strengths and more importantly, weaknesses. There is a lot I can improve on, whether it is technique, endurance or speed. Some of my main strength and weakness can be observed in Figure 1 below:

Figure 1: Strengths and weaknesses in relation to biathlon
|Strengths |Weaknesses | |Good swimmer |Small parts of my Swimming technique | |Good runner |Large parts of my Running technique | |Good endurance |Running speed and endurance | |Relatively fit |Overall leg strength |

It is evident that there are many things to improve on such as my swimming and running technique which can be modified with the help of my teacher and swimming coach. My running speed and endurance definitely need a work on along with my leg strength. By working on my weaknesses and hopefully improving my overall time, I can accomplish the goals I have set out to achieve.

I designed a personalised action plan to assist with achieving my targets. This action plan should guide me through what I need to include in my training programme. My action plan along with my goals are emphasized in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Personalised action plan

|Goal |Action Plan | |Beat my record of 16:30 with a personal best |Improve on all my main weaknesses...