A Better Way to Run “Over-Under” Running Workouts

10000m OlympicsAsk any elite triathlete or runner about some of their most effective workouts and it’s highly likely that so-called “over-under” workouts will come up fairly quickly because they are devastatingly effective. I’ve always performed miserably at these workouts but I’ve recently found a new way to hit them pretty precisely. This post shares what I learned. Continue reading

Never Plan Steady Threshold Intervals

After racing this year, I am rethinking my approach to polarized training and currently need a hard focus on lactate threshold (FTP) work.  Yesterday, I rode the classic 2 x 20min at FTP and failed miserably.  I thought this was odd because I succeeded in riding the same workout less than a week ago.  Now, I’ve found a better way and so I’m sharing it today. Continue reading

USAT Duathlon National Championship (Bend, Oregon) – A Race Report and Lessons Learned

The Finish Line at USAT Duathlon NationalsThis wasn’t my greatest race result by a long shot, but it was the result that I deserved.  As I mentioned in my last post, my body has been a house of cards this year.  Maybe a teetering stack of Jenga blocks is a better metaphor with each race being like pulling out another supportive block from the bottom.  Any way you look at it, I’m frail this year; one tiny mistake and everything comes toppling down.  That happened in Avilés when my back went out and boy did it cost me.  This time everything held up—consequently, Nationals were definitely easier and faster than Avilés even though it was at about 3,500 feet of altitude.  But I was also definitely racing well within my already compromised limits.

I’m going to write this race report a little differently because I don’t want to focus as much on the actual race as much as what I’ve learned from doing the race and what I’m doing about it.  Even though I’m not in ideal shape, I am excited and I have a plan.  Also towards the end, I’ll mention some of the longer term challenges that affected both this race and Avilés—as well as what I’ve learned from going through this darker period.  So let’s dig right in! Continue reading

Training Different Kinds of Runners

SalesmanEvery week, I get flooded with emails promising to make me a better person.  Nothing new there.  Among the promises to cure baldness, erectile dysfunction, and the other ravages of old age, there are also emails that promise to improve my running.  It is the last ones that pique my interest.  And, in the past, I’ve swallowed the bait.  I’ve downloaded their training plans.  I got excited as I embarked on my new plan, all the while dreaming of crushing a new PR in the 10-K.  And I usually didn’t improve at all– or I got injured. Continue reading

Training Tip: Using Short Recovery Intervals in Your Training

This post covers two completely different training ideas that share a common link– very short recoveries.  They are both super-potent but in different ways.  First, I will talk about high-intensity intervals (HIIT).  Then I will also tackle using short recoveries in a very different context– long aerobic “broken” intervals.  If there is one “ah hah” moment in my coaching and athletic training over the last year, it’s been all about using short recoveries.

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Race Report: Fitness for Vitality 5K

Photo of Seward ParkAs I write this race report, I just flew over Seward Park here in Seattle. I’m on a one-night business trip to Washington, DC. I’ll fly in, attend a meeting tomorrow morning, meet some business colleagues over lunch and in the early afternoon, and then catch the evening flight back to Seatac. Hopefully, I’ll have time to get an easy run in tomorrow morning. Continue reading