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The Endurance Blog

Are we training to race or just training to train?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about 'what counts as a great workout' and questioned how so many people are now focused on 'output' rather than 'intensity' during their training sessions and whether this was beneficial. This has largely been driven by the increasing use of apps, devices and power meters to monitor our training sessions. You can read the blog in full by GOING HERE Same day, same fitness, different result. A cold, but clear November morning and I'm lined up to start the cycle time trial for our local winter duathlon. The legs feel a...

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Training Intensity - What Counts As A Great Workout?

Over the last 10 years I've noticed an ever increasing focus on training intensities and the process of monitoring and evaluating. I think in the last 10 years, a lot of the focus for athletes has switched to 'training' rather than 'racing'. People are more concerned about power measurements and other training data than they are about race performances. It appears in some cases than the 'end goal' is in fact progressing training stats rather than race day performances. However, that's another blog for another day, the purpose of this blog is to ask, with the ever increasing focus on...

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The Injurance Blog Pt7 - Illiotibial Band Syndrome

In addition to our regular Endurance Blog, which covers topics related to endurance coaching and nutrition, we will also be publishing Injurance Blog, which cover common injury topics for endurance athletes. We work in conjunction with A6 Physiotherapy and Axis Podiatry who contribute their expert advice for each blog post. If you have any questions, post them on THE ENDURANCE STORE Facebook Page, where this blog in posted. What does the physio say? Iliotibial band syndrome (also known as IT band syndrome, ITB syndrome, or ITBS) is one of the most common overuse injuries among runners and cyclists. Iliotibial band...

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The Maffetone Formula, Running Slow & Burning Fat... Some Current Thoughts

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a blog about endurance metabolism and how 'burning fat' can help to boost your performance. You can read the full blog by GOING HERE. This week, we're continuing that theme with our current thoughts on fat burning, Maffetone formula and endurance performance. Why do we do a long slow run? As far as I'm concerned, there are 3 main reasons for doing a long slow run and these are as follows: 1. Conditioning - Your legs deal with a great amount of impact every time they hit the ground which causes muscle damage....

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Metabolism and Endurance Performance, Are You a Fat Burner?

Nutrition Articles

If you are an endurance athlete, then It's pretty likely that you'll have heard people discussing diets which are low in carbohydrate and higher in fat, to improve endurance performance. The use of low carb / high fat (LCHF) diets isn't something that new. Some Ironman athletes were using it 30 years ago and Mark Allen famously used the 'Maffetone' approach to finally beat Dave Scott at the Kona Ironman race. So how can LCHF diets enhance performance? We're constantly told that carbohydrates are essential for endurance racing, whether it's drinks, gels or energy bars. The basic principle is that...

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