Over the past few years and up until this past training cycle I had been doing too little training and in most cases too much competition. This left me in a "twilight zone of training", training less than 8 hours a week and hoping for national level success. If I am serious about optimum performance at the national level then I need to be looking to set my sights a little higher with a training performance objective of between 18-22 hours of training per week. This is approximately what I believe it will take to achieve my personal objectives.
However, the vast majority of my training being between 8 and 12 hours per week has just not been enough to achieve the optimum performance I have been looking for.
In other words I have been doing too little training to be considered really serious in terms of matching the level of training to the level of goals that I have set out for myself. Changing this will be the major focus of this training year.
Not going to lie the first few weeks of raising the mileage were an eye opener but the body is now adapting and I am starting to feel the benefits of the increased mileage.
Indoor season wraps up with the Alberta Masters Championships this past weekend. Top for my age group for the 1500m but DNS for the 3000m due to a lingering chest cold.
Took Sunday off and returned to training today with 6 miles in the morning and 12 miles in the evening. Last week was a little light with 80 miles due to racing and recovery.
Looking forward to a solid week of training!
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!