World Class Racewalking Clinic -- Portland, OR

Event Date

Fri, May 30, 2014


Portland, OR

About This Activity

  • ALL abilities are encouraged to attend. Dave has the unique ability to put beginning walkers at ease while getting them up to speed, while at the same time challenging more advanced racewalkers to excel.
  • Please register early! Some clinics fill up early; others are subject to cancellation if fewer than 12 participants are registered within two weeks of the clinic. Also, if enough people sign up early Dave can arrange for special guest instructors to help out. Want an Olympian at your clinic? Sign up early!
  • Recent guest clinicians and coaches have included 2000 Olympic silver medalist Aigars Fadejevs, 3-time Olympian Philip Dunn, 2-time Olympian Tim Seaman, US Women's American 50k Record-Holder Susan Armenta, Australian Commonwealth Games and World Cup team member Simone Wolowiec, Biomechanist/shoe designer, and World and Pan American Racewalk Cup team member Ian Whatley, World and Pan American Racewalk Cup Team member Dan Serianni, US National Team and Pan American Racewalk Cup Team members Loretta Schuellein-McGovern and Susan Randall, US National Team member Carolyn Kealty, US 75-Kilometer and 50-Mile Racewalk Record-Holder Augie Hirt, US Women's 50-Mile and 100-Mile Racewalk Record-Holder Lizzy Salvato, and four-time US World Cup Team member Steve Pecinovsky.
  • Free merchandise drawings from Brooks Shoes, Polar Heart Rate Monitors, PowerBar and more!


Event schedule and times

Typical Clinic Schedule

Friday, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.--Informal pasta dinner/orientation session, usually at the clinic host's house. We get to know each other and go over the agenda for the weekend after watching video from recent National and World Championship events.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m.--Individual technique analysis. All walkers are filmed at various speeds. I then work with each person to knock down existing barriers to fast racewalk technique, then film the end result to compare before and after techniques. During the session we will frequently come together as a group to do drills and other exercises to learn and reinforce elements of good racewalk technique.

12:00 p.m.--Shoe store visit to learn more about picking proper shoes for racewalking and marathon walking.

1:00 p.m.--Lunch.

2:30 p.m.--After lunch we review video of the morning sessions to see how far the group has progressed, and to note what remains to be done. Then we head back to the track.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.--Back to the track to put into practice some of what we've learned, practice technique and flexibilty drills and then have a fun relay race to see how technique changes under semi-competitive conditions.

Sunday, 8:00 a.m.--Most people seem to train pretty much the same way if left to their own devices--moderately-paced mileage every day, with very little variety. I want everyone to understand why this is very limiting, so we start out with an in-depth discussion of workout types. There's a lot of physiology involved in walking fast, and you have to work all of these physiological systems frequently to walk fast. Knowing all about the different types of workouts that condition your neuromuscular, cardiovascular, lactate threshold and VO2 systems will help you to decide what's missing in your current training program.

10:00 a.m.--To the track for a "lactate threshold test" using Polar Heart Rate Monitors to get an idea what a threshold workout should feel like, to determine maximum and threshold heart rates, and to determine appropriate training heart rates for other types of workouts.

12:00 p.m.--Lunch

1:30 - 4:00 p.m.--"Putting It All Together" lecture: how to establish long-term goals, and how to intelligently map out a yearly training program to achieve those goals. We may also talk about tapering properly for a big race, diet, or whatever else participants have on their minds before wrapping up.

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