We all have our reasons and goals to training. Some athletes are looking for their first event finish, some are looking to lose some weight, some are looking to PR and some are looking to WIN!
Whatever your reason or reasons are to waking up and training is/are, you have to plan your training correctly.
More important than the training sessions themselves you need to properly plan in Recovery, Rest, and Technique!
If you go 100% every day all day without recovery and rest you end up unmotivated, early peak, and physically drained. If you don’t have the proper technique you end up inefficient and possibly injured.
Therefore, you MUST include proper recovery, rest, and technique throughout your training program every training cycle.
Training intensity is one of those old school/new school debates. There is the old school approach were you only do high intensity sessions during the build stage of training. Then there is new school were if you are not performing high intensity training sessions from day one to race day you will never PR!
Now there is my way on training intensity.
Training intensity in my book has all aspects. You have the low intensity recovery sessions, moderate intensity meat and potatoes training intensity and the race specific/weakness developing training intensity.
Each and every training intensity needs to be developed throughout the season in order to develop your body, mind and soul in to a endurance PR machine!
Throw away the pyramid approach of training based on volume and think of it as an intensity sand timer.
Start with the weakness intensity training than develop your moderate long distance training intensity with an icing on the cake race training intensity at the end of the rainbow.
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I am writing this on my I-phone, in the dark with no power or heat. My refrigerator is empty because everything spoiled.
The other day we were hit indirectly by hurricane sandy. I have been out of heat and electric for 4 days now. Friends had lost houses, flooded, burnt down.
There is limited food and gas lines that you wait hours for to find that there is no gas.
Then we have NYC Marathon this weekend. The major of NYC said the race must go on!
I think that is the wrong decision.
Athletes will be running past devastation and people trying to save their lives. Police will be used to direct marathon traffic that should be used to protect people from looting. Volunteers at aid stations should be volunteering to give water and food to victims of hurricane sandy.
I am a triathlete and endurance coach. I know what it takes to train for an endurance event. I know the time, resources and effort it takes. I know what it feels like to have a race cancelled.
Wake up people. Time to cancel the race and concentrate on those affected by hurricane Sandy.
We need the endurance community to come together and help rebuild and repair. Not race.
I signed up with Coach Greg to tackle my first Ironman. I had been racing for 2 years but had hit a wall with speed and distance. My program and the constant coaching got me through that wall, and brought me to exactly where I needed to be on race day. I finished IM Lake Placid and met my goals thanks to Coach Greg..
My goal for my first Ironman was to finish under the 17 hour limit. I finished in 13:46:08. That could not have been done without a proper training plan that ramped me up appropriately and ended with a perfectly timed taper. If I ever do an Ironman again, I would definitely work with Greg again.
Just wanted to say Thank You once again for all your helpful tips and advice, as they were invaluable to me today. For me to participate in my 1st Tri and finish in 2:31:44 despite meeting you less than 2 weeks ago & spending over 9 minutes in 'transition' is very encouraging ! I am thrilled with the way things went this morning, esp the swim, which I completed in 17 minutes... my new wetsuit and the fast current proved to be a powerful combination. Overall, it was a wonderful experience that clearly would not have been possible without me heeding sound advice from guys like yourself who have been there before. Looking forward to connecting soon.
I've dreamed of doing an Ironman since the days of Dave Scott and Mark Allen, when I did my first triathlon back in the 80s. Unfortunately, things went downhill from my first triathlon and I spent the next 20 years trying to meet that goal - not knowing that the reason I constantly felt so sick was due to severe overtraining.
Fast forward to today - my overtraining was identified and then I found Coach Greg. He caught my attention online through his insightful responses to various training questions posted on different training websites.
Coach Greg helped me continue my recovery from overtraining and train for an Ironman safely and intelligently. He reassured me when I was afraid I was again overtraining and held me back when I was pushing too hard. His workouts were fun throughout the entire season. I can honestly say that I enjoyed 95% of the training. The workouts were challenging while still being achievable.
I am an Ironman!! One thing that I was never warned about? Ironman is addictive. I cannot wait to do my next one, and I have faith that Coach Greg will guide me to significant improvements in my time