In this triathlon lifestyle Q&A with TriSmarter.com coach Lee Gardner, Lee answers questions from listeners about cramping indoor training and morning workouts, and also gives his personal key tips from this article on TriFuel.
Two part question: I think this question will be appropriate for the guest speaker. I find the vast majority of triathlon training plans one can purchase, by their generalized nature, are volumne driven — meaning they dictate X number of hours of training per week without regard to the athlete’s available training box size. If I can use an analogy …. Life is a box and one’s available time to train is also a box that must fit within one’s Life box. I believe any training plan that does not first begin with establishing the size of the athlete’s training box is inherently flawed. As such, with an off-the-shelf training plan, how can one modify/tweak a training plan’s volume/duration requirements to fit one’s life while still being sufficient enough to have a successful event? Depending on the type of event, is there a point of too little volume? [I think the answer is yes] Can the lack of volume/duration time be made up by training at higher intensities….in other words is the training load/stress approx equivalent between, for example at 4 hour ride at Zone 1-2 and a 2 hour ride at Zone 3-4?
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