Salazar talks about finding a balance within the Oregon Project’s progressive training methodology. He discusses how many of the training systems and regiments his athletes partake in are new or ahead-of-their-time, but because of this, Salazar can’t always decide objectively (or scientifically) what tactics work and what tactics don’t; if Salazar can’t see any benefit in trying something new just to try something new, then he probably won’t go ahead with it.
Before being brought into the Oregon Project, each athlete has to be not only a good fit for Alberto Salazar but also a good fit for the team as a whole. Being an excellent runner doesn’t necessarily place an athlete in the group if that athlete doesn’t mesh well with the vibe and overall dynamic of the Oregon Project as a whole.
Alberto Salazar talks about the “Open Door Policy” he has with his athletes. Salazar encourages his athletes to speak their minds about training; he talks of how he is willing to compromise on training regiments if athletes are willing to “buy off” on his overall philosophy as a coach.
Alberto Salazar discusses the mental component of training. He points out how, unlike in other sports, athletes in his sport ignore psychological training. Salazar emphasizes that the mental aspect of training and competing is just as important as the athletic.
Alberto Salazar talks about joining the Boston Track Club when he was a junior in high school. He understood that to get better, he had to train with those much better than him. He understood this conceptually and talks of how doing so supplemented his ability to learn about world class training methods. He was doing the right things always, which gave him a physical and psychological jump on his peers. Salazar also talks about training athletes like Galen Rupp from the time Galen was 13 on. This allowed Galen to press boundaries early and progress in the sport rapidly.
The Art of Winning Series presents Alberto Salazar’s take on how athletes should view their workouts and the mental aspect around em.
Alberto Salazar goes into mental Toughness and how runners need to view training their mind. He relates it to his experience and training.