Originally Posted by orthostice
As we speak, there are guys who will have great cross seasons who are just jogging, or still on their breaks. This happens all time - whether it's guys who raced in Europe over the summer, or got hurt at the end of the track, or whathaveyou. It's simply not necessary to be super-sharp to run well in a hilly 10km on grass, dirt, maybe mud, etc. I'd certainly rather round my way into form during the season as opposed to ripping at Pre-Nats then having a bunch of guys in the triple-digits at NCAAs.
Cross country is not 'right around the corner.' Nothing of import happens until mid-October.
The lad has apparently been training since April. I see this all ending in tears.
Maybe, maybe not.
I would expect anyone who was sick/hurt indoors, redshirts outdoors and was able to start training again to be "training since April." Training since April? Big deal. We trained all year round. Everybody does (with breaks, of course).
The question is, HOW has he been training since April? If all he's been doing is "summer of malmo" (for the uninitiated, see: http://www.bunnhill.com/BobHodge/rtp3.htm
) type stuff since April, he's fine. The little I've seen on his FB page doesn't indicate anything over the top or hard. Just . . . miles.
He can keep that up through September, and just adding a race here and there will start to round him in to form. Add some real workouts in starting in early to mid-October, then start to pull back on the throttle in November. Nobody's going to blow up doing that.
An extended period of training for a kid who's been sick/hurt can be just what the doctor ordered if the training is of the appropriate type and level of intensity (which should be approaching nil).
"Training since April" is, in and of itself, completely irrelevant. HOW he has been "training since April" is what matters.