Coach's Corner Blog
Every month Coach Toni Minichiello will share his thoughts and insights into Jessica's progress and the challenges in coaching an Olympic athlete.
I have often described good performances by Jessica as, “a good day at the office”; I also said that as a description it hardly seemed to fit the performances in Glasgow, so what on earth can I say about Doha? “Awesome”
British records and high levels of performance have seemed to become common place for Jessica, and worryingly for me an expectation for others.
I write “worryingly” because one of the main questions asked of me as Jessica’s coach was
“Where did I think the World Record was missed?”
It’s not worrying to me in the respect of upset, but rather in “how do I help Jessica to continue to improve? How do I as a coach stay ahead of the game?”
Jessica's Coach Toni Minichiello will be updating us from Doha, and in turn we'll tweet them here for you all to share!
I described the Loughborough meeting as, “a good day at the office”. That description hardly seems to fit the performances in Glasgow.
A British record in the Hurdles 7.95 secs, and an Indoor pb of 1.94m in the high jump, performances that no coach can be disappointed with, and I’m not.
Based the performances achieved last year by Jessica, her Indoor performances were all due for a revision, so it’s not a complete surprise to those who have been working and training with Jessica during this winter. But it’s always nice to see things come to fruition.
I think this the answer as to why Jessica is competing so well, so early in the Indoor season. My plan has always been to continue the heavy training to this point and do the final winding down, sharpening into the World Indoors from the end of February.
Well, Jessica won the 60m in a Championship performance of 7.37secs which is a personal best and a great achievement this early in the season. She also won the Shot Putt in 13.83m an Indoor PB, which after all the hard work this winter by "Team Jennis" is good reward and a strong basis to go forward. Jessica also won the High Jump with 1.89m before attempting a new British Record of 1.96m. We know she can jump, the question know is "how high?"
So all in all a pleasing weekend, a 'triple Gold' weekend to add to the good day at the office.
We are off to Germany now so won't do an update unless I find a little time and internet access.
Three events, three personal bests, today in Loughborough.
Long Jump an Indoor PB of 6.39m, better than Jessica has jumped off either foot. 60m Hurdles and a PB of 8.11 secs. Shot Putt and an Indoor PB of 13.67m
The Loughborough meeting can only be described as, “a good day at the office”.
For once both coach and athlete walked away from an athletics meeting happy.
“Is that so unusual?” You might ask, Jessica can be quite critical of her performance if she feels could have done better, and from my perspective if I’ve seen something that I feel needs more work or has not gone quite to plan.
The 2010 Indoor season is just days away and as some of Jessica’s fellow British athlete’s fly off to South Africa leaving the snow and cold behind, Jessica will open her Indoor season at Loughborough.
The indoor season is about competing; but it’s also a break from training, giving the athlete a chance to see how things are progressing. Truthfully, athletes are competitive people and enjoy competition much more than training, sport is supposed to be fun.
Success at the World Indoor Championships will be Jessica’s target, as she missed out on qualification in 2007. This time however as World ranked number one, she should gain an automatic invitation.
Winter training has begun for most athletes and Jessica is no exception. Fully refreshed from her break after the end of the season, she is back training hard.
Well not too hard to start with, but even so we have had the dreaded “DOMS” or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. The stiffness, aches and pains in the muscles as the body tries to adapt to the change from sharp summer activity to the volume of winter preparation work.
But it’s not just the body that is changing, for me I have a new post with UK Athletics as National Event Coach for Combined Events. More importantly Jessica comes back to training as World Champion and that brings more expectations and demands on the athlete.