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Training block 10.05.2015 – Seeking Consistency

consistency

The theme today

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.

 

Back On Track

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.

 

The Virtue Of Consistency

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:

  • Consistency is king. Training consistently and repeatedly will get you far further than training hard but inconsistently.
  • Always leave a little on the table; don’t train yourself into the ground on any day if it means you can’t back it up with quality the next day. See point above.
  • Be quantitative; measure progress as much as you can, adjust your training according to what the numbers are telling you
  • Understand the nuances of periodization, apply them at every level
  • Your form is the net total of your current fitness, minus your current level of fatigue. Training seeks to increase fitness; racing seeks to maximize form.
  • Think multi-dimensionally about your training load; apply the grey-zone concept to volume as well as intensity
  • Understand the FOUR energy systems and how your body cycles through them as intensity/distance changes, for that is the key to understanding how to push back your limiting factors and therefore how to get faster and better
  • An effective stimulus is entirely dependent upon your own current level of fitness
  • As short term goal-orientated type-A’s, we tend to massively overestimate what we can achieve in the short term, while under-estimating what is possible in the long term. To get good takes a long time; years, not months, and progress is never a straight line.
  • You must get fitter in order to get faster, but most people try to do it backwards people by trying to go faster before they are fitter

 

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!

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This entry was posted on May 11, 2015 by in Training.
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