Training, Racing & LCHF Fueling For Skating And Endurance Sports
It’s nice when you come off a training session that you felt went really well. This happened to me yesterday and I just wanted to boast a bit about it here 🙂
As you know I’m a sucker for quantifying and measuring everything when it comes to training. While it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the numbers that are generated, with a bit of experience they become easy to dissect and interpret.
The bulk of yesterday’s training was a steady 21km at MAF heart rate doing laps of Battersea park. 21km is a half-marathon distance, of course, which is just over 7 laps of Battersea… so it’s a good time-trial type of test.
When I got back I pulled up the session record in Strava (I use RunMeter as the native recording app, but it automatically exports to Strava on-the-fly which has slightly easier-to-read format), and compared it to a similar session that I did just over 3 months ago.
My average pace had improved from 3:06/km down to 2:50/km. Heart rate 140bpm vs 141bpm, and pace and heart rate standard deviations were very similar, so effort and pacing wise they were very similar efforts.
So the numbers confirm that I’m getting faster through better efficiency.. to the tune of 16sec/km. Of course more sample data is probably needed, but I do feel that I’m firmly on the right path.