As a fan of professional road cycling and having done some endurance riding myself in years past I have some sort of an idea about long term conditioning. When it comes down to getting a single rider in condition to peak during the Tour de France for example, they know how to step up the training so they peak at just the right moment.
For as long as we’ve been in the PAC-12 we’ve had some sort of drop off and I feel like we’ve seen that again this year and it started right around the Washington game. I’m wondering if our guys are just simply worn out by this point of the season - and we got this far this year simply relying on our athletic superiority.
In conditioning there is definitely a point of diminishing returns and there is also the possibility where you overtrain and actually get worse despite similar efforts. It is tough because it seems counterintuitive to start to rest more and work out less when you reach those points, or to even taper down your workouts dramatically towards then end of your targets and goals.
I know we pay hefty sums for strength and conditioning coaches and they likely know far more than I do on this subject, but each year I find myself asking this question.
I don’t believe this team lacks discipline nor do I believe they don’t care, but we saw one of the most physical teams we’ve ever had get out-physicaled twice in a row now. These guys have a ton of pride, that doesn’t just happen. I can believe however that their sizable work ethic could contribute to worsening conditioning (through overwork) as the season wears on.