Call for Topics

So the last few weeks have seen me getting into a mood for writing, but after couple of posts talking about my view on season planning, I’m sort of drawing a blank on what to write about.

If there’s any subject (triathlon/athletics training/philosopy related only please) that you’d like to get *my* opinion on, leave a comment on this post, or drop me an email via the contact page.

If one of them tickles me, I’ll spend some time writing about it.

4 Comments

  1. Here’s a list of subject matter.

    1. Functional Threshold Pace (Swimming)
    2. Functional Threshold Power
    3. Base 1 training principles
    4. Base 2 training principles
    5. Base 3 training principles
    6. Build training principles
    7. Watts/kg for triathletes…how much does it matter
    8. Who’s Who’s of Triathlon for the Midwest for SC and LC
    9. VDOT for triathletes – what does it mean for training, what does it mean for races Oly to IM
    10. Case Study: 40 yoa newbie wants to go from 1:20 swim to 1:00 swim. How to guide.
    11. Case Study: Building the bike
    12. Individualized Programs or Fit the Program: The Athlete’s Perspective as well the Coach’s Perspective. [Looking at swimming programs might be cool]
    13. Interview Blake Becker Q & A
    14. Interview Jeff Tarkowski Q & A
    15. Interview Heather Haviland Q & A
    16. Analysis of Jan Froderno – Olympic Champion.

  2. Hey Scott,

    I’m always been curious about the appropriate length for a Ironman specific build period. The idea of periodization, moving from general to race specific makes sense but how many weeks do you typically spend on an Ironman block? As i prepare for my season, that’s where i’m most concerned. It seems that too long of a block will start to have a negative impact on gains made in terms of LT and VO2 but too short of a block and you’ll probably not be prepared for the race. How have you managed to maintain gains made in other energy systems while still doing the longer workouts for IM prep?

    During my IM build i’m thinking of including a workout in each sport geared towards maintaining LT while trying to complete a couple of key IM workouts (long bike at race pace or just above or below and moderately long t-run plus a long run with some quality above goal race pace).

    Also, i’m not sure if you talked a lot of your nutrition strategy during an IM but i’d be interested in hearing what products have worked well for and how many calories and ounces of fluid you took in on the bike.

  3. 1) X2 on matt’s #1 and #10. I think 1:20 to 1:00 is a pretty big range And I think 1:20 to 1:10ish is low hanging fruit. Most of “us” (MOP’er, motivated, some natural talent) are trying to get the 10 minutes from 1:15-1:11 to 1:00-1:05 (I think).

    2) take us through the mental aspect of your IM day. Focus like a laser all day; turn it off and on. Us MOP’s day/goals are the same as yours (go as fast as possible). My friend and I had a front row seat watching you (and Matt and Tarkowski etc etc) “compete” for 9-10 hours. Biggest thing we noticed is you did not slow down. What do we employ mentally to not slow down (at our speed).

    Seperate but related: most of us are racing ourselves and the clock. You were trying to catch specific slots/individuals after 9 hours (and after a Kona slot was in hand). hOw do you “compete” after those hours without the risk of losing it (or what does/doesn’t go through your mind).

    3) any tips on warding off pissed off old guys at the pool at 5:30am 🙂

  4. I liked Jeff’s stuff. Actually racing during a 9+ hour event. It is very different from shorter duration racing where you simple can’t go faster because you’re not that fast vs the risk/reward of going faster for a period of time to crush someones dreams and hopefully not your own at the same time.

    There is a big difference between that and racing yourself for time as other competitors don’t enter into the picture when racing yourself.

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