Training, Racing & LCHF Fueling For Skating And Endurance Sports
Another day, another dollar, another hill session, another cold shower. Take care of dinner, pet the cats, squeeze in an episode of DareDevil on Netflix (so good – I’m hooked), before hitting the sack and getting ready to do it roughly all again the next day. Life is pretty simple and routine that way when you’re approaching peak training mode.
To briefly summarize without getting too much into the nitty gritty, training has been going pretty well, and the cumulative increases in fitness are beginning to show through.
Numbers-wise, I managed to log a couple of solid 10-11hrs skate weeks during the last block, with total all-activity numbers coming in at around 18hrs+ for those heavy weeks. Very solid, but at this stage it’s no more than what I feel I need to be doing. It still slightly scares me that that’s only 40% of the skating that I’ll be doing over the course of the 24hr Le Mans race, but that is the great challenge of such an extreme endurance event – you can’t hope to ever train that long.
I wrote about my experience in recently changing wheels, which immediately seemed to right all manner of wrongs. Since then, the Mayhems did begin to feel a little worn out and dead, so I’ve retired that set too, and have bolted on a new set of Bont Prototypes, which has served to further increase the grip and roll I’m feeling.
Although one doesn’t notice incremental improvements from session to session, or even week to week, when I look back at my logs from this time last year it’s pleasing to see that I’m considerably faster, thanks to the steady training I have put in over the last 12 months. That’s a great confidence booster – it tells me to just carry on doing whatever I am doing, because it’s obviously working.
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading everything on the fantastic blog of Alan Couzens at Endurance Corner. Although there’s precious little actually new, how he presents his thoughts and how he analyzes and interprets data is amazing – it is probably the single best blog on endurance sport physiology and training that I’ve ever read.
Some of the wisdoms that has been indelibly imprinted on my mind from reading AC’s blog:
With all this in mind, I recall that this time last year I was derailed with the only serious bout of illness I had for that year. I think it was brought about by a dodgy mixed grill platter I ordered at the pub, but whatever it was, it completely took my out of the game and had me feverishing crawling between bathroom and bedroom for 4 days… not something I care to repeat. If I can just avoid any setback like that over the next couple of months then there is every opportunity to really capitalize on the solid training weeks that I’m banking right now.
As Alan Couzens typically emphasizes: staying healthy and injury-free to allow you to train are the first priorities of training.
Under 7 weeks to go!