On episode 13 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Mike Caldwell, the coach of the Asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE. One of the reasons we have seen a resurgence in American distance running over the last few years is the emergence of post-collegiate Olympic developmental teams like GTC-Elite. We talk to Coach Caldwell about how he got started with the GTC and he discusses why he prefers some of his athletes not wear a GPS watch during recovery runs.
How did you get your start in running?
After college did you make your transition straight into coaching or what did you do post-collegiately? – He did some training with Frank Shorter and the Florida Track Club.
How did you get your start coaching elite athletes after that?
Currently, you coach the Asics Greenville Track Club GTC-ELITE, how did that come about?
As a college coach at Furman what were you finding from the athletes coming in after their high school career? Did you find them mostly overtrained, undertrained or what?
When you get collegiate runners who join your team what are you finding? Do you find they are overtrained, undertrained aerobically or anything like that?
How about with college runners? A high school coach’s job is developing runners, but a college coach really needs to be competitive at conference championships. So do you think we are seeing a lot of overtraining or over-racing with college kids these days?
We talk recovery days and how to make sure you are recovered and the importance of it.
What are you doing for general strength for your athletes?
You mentioned when a new athlete comes in you interview them like the recruiting process. What are you looking for as far as someone who would be a good fit for the team?
I notice that one of your partners/sponsors is Elliptigo. I am really interested in hearing how you are using that and how you and the athletes like it?
I know that you started using Final Surge for your team a few months ago. What benefits you are getting from it? – He talks about it as a communication tool with his athletes.
The fall racing season is coming up. What can we be watching for from your team?
Rapid Fire… 5 questions in under 1 minute
Favorite running book? – Best Efforts, Once a Runner, Science of Running
Current trainers you are wearing? – Asics Gel-Nimbus
Favorite race? – Peachtree
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? – Chocolate Milk
Your favorite piece of running equipment that is not your shoes? – Soleus Watch
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