duxx, I agree that 1500 training would have to be combined with some sort of tempo or unloading, like you said. The other events are all based more on shorter speed and power than the endurance of the 1500, so you’d just have to bite the bullet on that one and focus on doing extremely well on the other 9 events.
tc, I dunno how they do it, because there’s a lot of hard stuff in there. But actually I was thinking about this the other day (kind of randomly, but that’s not the point) and I’d train with the CFTS with some modifications. For example, I’d extend the tempo distances as the season progresses in order to build better aerobic capacity for the 1500m. I don’t know how effective this is, but this is what I came up with.
Monday: Short speed work with hurdles, long jump technique and approaches, work with the slider box for pole vault
Tuesday: Tempo (longer distances than normal for a sprinter), hurdle mobility drills and low-intensity walk-overs with hurdles, work on shot put technique (as if you using medicine ball throws, but with an emphasis on shot put)
Wednesday: Speed Endurance (early in the season) or Special Endurance (later in season, this is for 400m training); work on high jump technique and approaches, discus throws
Thursday: Tempo (shorter distances, like a sprinter would train), hurdle mobility, similar shot work as Tuesday
Friday: More short speed, work on pole vault, work on javelin throws
Saturday: Continuous distance run
There’d be weightlifting on Mon, Wed, and Fri, with some bodyweight stuff on Sat as well. Tue and Thu would include some GPP-type stuff, but not so much as to make the day too intense. Ab work would be done Mon-Sat.
It’s probably not ideal, but that was what I came up with. The days are basically alternating in low and high-intensity, and every event is covered at leat once during the week. I figure that a decathlete should do a lot of shorter speed work because most of the events involve some speed component over a short distance (long jump, 100m, pole vault, high jump, 100m, 110HH, javelin).
As far as your decathlete friends, I’d say find a new coach. If that’s not an option then take the heat out (as kitkat likes to say:) ) of tuesday, thursday, and saturday on their own. Instead of giving it everything make sure to leave a little in the tank, and screw what the coach says. It’s about doing what’s right in your own training to get better, and if thats what it takes then thats what you need to do.