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Training on a treadmill: Accuracy versus precision
In early 2018, I bought a treadmill. Training on a treadmill sounds horrible to most–and for long, steady sessions it is–but for high-intensity training, it’s perfect. Yesterday, I wrote about the big impact that gradient has on climb rates. While writing, I looked online for an angle-to-gradient calculator. I also came across a description of...
Gradient: Small changes in angle, big differences in climb rate
When using climb rates as benchmarks, make sure that the grade of the terrain during tests is consistent. Small variations in gradient will create big differences in climb rates and misleading results between tests. I often use a treadmill as part of my warm-up for strength sessions in the gym. At my usual gradient and...
Slow & steady is boring. Is it really necessary?
Slow & steady is boring. Is it really necessary? I loved The Matrix. In my favorite scene, Neo straps himself to an archaic dentist’s chair. He’s learning martial arts by “downloading” them into his brain. Once installed, he can use them in the digital world. To make the downloads, Neo’s colleague plugs a thick cable...
Lactate Test #3: Moving in the right direction
Last week, I did my third lactate test of the season. As planned after my second test, I wanted to minimize glycogen depletion in the anaerobic portion, so I split the test into two parts. I did the aerobic part on July 2nd and the anaerobic on July 3rd. Since my test on May 21st,...
Planning a training season
The chance of any plan going according to plan is zero. But the chance of arriving at an unknown destination without a map is also zero. Reality unfolds somewhere in the middle. For the 2018/2019 season, I did an analysis of where I’m at and what I need to work on. By using that brainstorm...