This week: We're looking to expand our team; training of world-class runners.
Image: Tri Town mechanic Ben Elumbaugh.
Here is your weekly Tri Town Times newsletter:
Events I'm looking forward to:
Ironman Arizona is this Sunday, November 20th in Tempe.
Good athletes say "winter miles means summer smiles", and our team at Tri Town knows that success serving our community during the busy summer months mean we have to build and train our team during the slow winter months. We are looking for growth-focused individuals with a passion for endurance sports and serving others. If you're interested in joining our team, please read more about the opportunity here.
Training thoughts and updates:
The Training Characteristics of World-Class Distance Runners: A recent study reviewing the training habits of some of the world's best runners mostly confirms what we have been hearing the past few years:
- the best runners run a lot (11-14 sessions/week)
- ~80% of the training sessions are at/below Zone 2.
- The percentage of time spent at/near race pace increases as race day approaches.
The takeaway for anyone who is not a world-class runner is to first and foremost focus on building your consistency and frequency. For amateurs, the biggest mistake is simply trying do too much- not within the exercise realm, but in life in general. Training and competition is added on top of pre-existing family, work, social, and spiritual obligations. One of the first questions I ask athletes with big audacious goals is what will they NOT DO in order to reach their goal? In many cases, the answer to this question provides key insight into the likelihood of their success.
You can listen to a podcast with the study's author here, and you can read my personal experience with the 80/20 training process here.
Quote that struck a chord:
“People occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” Winston Churchill
Train smart, and have a great week!
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