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If you've entered a major event this summer, I'm sure you've already started to think about 'what time' is achievable. Maybe you're running a marathon, an ultra event or taking part in an Ironman triathlon, but at some point, you've probably considered a finish time you would like to achieve, should everything go to plan. Your finish time is the 'OUTCOME' but you must be careful not to allow that outcome to dictate your race strategy on the day of the event. You will have already started to put together a PROCESS which you will follow, in terms of pacing...

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There's been some great chatter on Twitter this week, around the topics of 'durability' and 'fatigue resistance'. A paper just published by Maunder et al titled The Importance of ‘Durability’ in the Physiological Profiling of Endurance Athletes' was the first to kick off the interest.  In truth, 'durability' is nothing new but it's a timely discussion based on recent trends in triathlon training. In my view, there is a growing obsession with FTP. In some ways, it's become the new VO2 max, it's the golden standard by which people rate their cycling performance. Unfortunately, it's become the sole focus for...

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I know what you're thinking, this guys has too much time on his hands. Well... you're reading it, so don't be pointing the finger at me. Ok, 'reverse periodisation' is a popular training method at the moment. The theory is very simple, rather than the traditional 'winter base / aerobic miles' followed by higher intensity work in spring and building to a race peak (the classic pyramid), the reverse is applied. So reverse periodisation starts with the really short hard stuff in winter and then gets longer, so it is in fact a 'reverse pyramid' or 'upside down pyramid'... you...

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'It was just a training race, it wasn't really important...' How many times have I heard that phrase thrown about?  Using races as 'training' or to 'monitor progress' can be really useful. Let's face it, most people are training because they want to be better in races, proper races, the ones outdoors where other people turn up on the same day. So, if you want to monitor progress for 'proper races' and learn from the experience, then 'training races' can undoubtedly be useful.  When you start planning out your calendar for 2021, you will have races which are less or...

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This week I posted a tweet about a study which has been published recently, analysing the GPS data of 14,000 runners. The results of the study in simple terms were that those who performed best in long distance running events had completed the most miles and had done them at a slower pace. The take home message was to run more miles and do them slower, if you want to race faster. The tweet generated a lot of interest from athletes, coaches and sports scientists. Some agreed with the data and others questioned it's validity. There were lot's of comments about...

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