Coach Luis Cunha – Portugese
It has been a month since I joined Coach Luis Cunha’s training program. There have been a lot of adjustments both physically and mentally. My body has been adapting to the training cycle and specifics in a given week. Currently, Coach Luis uses a very different approach as compared to my previous training microcycles (weekly plan). Every alternate day, we will be do a similar workout. For example, on Monday, it will be strength training. This comes with either a circuit strength training (up to 12 exercises with 30s rest with repeats) or power based strength (heavier weights with a longer rest). An interesting method of strength training by my coach is keeping the duration to a maximum of 60mins (worth of exercise). By that time, the neuromuscular system will be taxed and fatigue would have set into the muscles, causing performance to decrease. Being fresh and powerful for each exercise is the key approach that Coach Luis adopts.
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I have been battling a sore, tight lower limb pain down the right semimembranosus (inner hamstring muscle) leading to the back of the knee, pulling towards the medial side (towards the body). The discomfort that has significant enough to stop my track workouts. I have been stretching it out, going for more massages, using my trigger ball and foam roller diligently every day. However, the pain still lingers, especially when I do a knee extension; I feel a “clicking sensation” down the leg. It has been about 3 weeks of nursing it, and it was my first session back on track with my spikes. I am learning to adapt to these changes slowly, but time is passing quicker than I expected. I will be racing in about 3 weeks, excited but yet a little fearful about the inadequate muscular imbalance that I have.
I look to C.S Lewis’s quote for reassurance: “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” We often only hear the pains when we are down in moments that catches us off tangent. It could be an injury for the athlete, a missed opportunity in business, a longing for someone that did not happen. We see such moments as times of pain and suffering, but what about the usual daily moments that we have? Are we thankful for those? Or do we only delight in the pleasures and highs of life, and neglect the everyday good willed summer we have. In spite of the pain, I’m thankful that I have a lighter load in school this semester (3 modules instead of the usual 6 modules). I have more time to bask in the sun, sweat it out and enjoy the scent of the morning dew, the birds churping as I make my way to train in the mornings. These experiences help sum up the “daily moments” that make my day special in that unique way.