Better is Better

Like so many coaches out there, I’ve coached a fair share of athletes who subscribe to the “more is better” mindset.  Over my years in the endurance world, I’ve definitely learned to subscribe to the “more is not better; better is better” philosophy.  Why?  Because...

HRV: It knows me better than I know myself

By Coach Laura Henry I started taking daily Heart Rate Variability (HRV) readings last February when my coaching company, Team MPI, partnered with ithlete.  I hadn’t ever heard of HRV before, and I was curious to see what it was about.  I was interested in learning...

How to use HRV for marathon training

The build-up to a marathon is a big commitment. Most people train for 12-15 weeks (3 months). Generally, training plans suggest you should be running 5 times each week with 2 rest days spaced between. But how do you schedule these runs and rest days for optimum benefit?

Mallorca 312 cyclosportive race report

Once again this was one of my main target events for the year, and the training camp I performed in Tenerife in March was intended to prepare me for over 5000 vertical metres of climbing in the 312 km of the event. This has now become one of the premier long distance...

Simon’s Tenerife Training Camp

The plan The main objective of this camp was to get in some good base miles with an emphasis on climbing in preparation for my second year of the Mallorca 312 challenge. Living in the New Forest in southern England, the terrain barely meets the criteria for...

Ironman Training utilizing HIT as a primary training tool

A member of my training group just finished his first Ironman™ in 12:31 (1:18 swim, 5:51 bike and 4:59 on run) and his training was unique for an event this long. His program schedule may be of interest mainly because it was based on a much higher percentage of short session, high-intensity cardiovascular intervals combined with heavy strength training.

Why does it remain so difficult to recover? Loss of Routine and Structure

I had always felt like my routine was dictated by pool and gym hours. Strangely I had never set myself recovery hours. Never set aside any portion of the day for doing things to promote recovery; napping, meditating, visualisation etc. and subsequently recovery was being neglected. The irony then, of complaining of free time, when there were already more swimming related jobs for me to be doing than I was fitting into a day.

Training Blog: Andy Dolphin – October

Following the post-holiday blip, HRV has been fairly stable even considering my cold in mid-September. Mood and stress though have been an issue, particularly mood, most notably post holiday (expected) but also through the most part of September.

Training Blog: Andy Dolphin – September

Post Ride-London has been a bit low-key; the two weeks immediately after was a case of easing off as training had been ongoing for 6 months as this was my main event. And then the latter end August into September was a family holiday, although I managed to get a few...

A Daily Training Cycle

Andrew Tamplin has created and shared a great infographic giving us an insight in to his daily training cycle and decision making process.
‘The morning recovery test effects all other aspects of the daily cycle, the simple fact is that if you are not recovered sufficiently from your previous workout, work or other life stress then you are not going to be training effectively.’

Training Blog: Andy Dolphin – July

End of June is a scheduled recovery week, so not much during the week other than a 75 minute tempo ride on the 30th. Then on the weekend 2nd July was a group ride 2 hrs 30 mins, 56% in heart rate zone 2 and 38% in zone 3. On the 3rd it was Hill repeats at...

Mallorca 312 – Event and post race recovery

In summary, I think the preparation for this event was a success – especially the many hours of MAF endurance training, and the aerodynamic improvements to both my position and the bike itself. I think diet was the only area I didn’t get quite right, and perhaps I need to gain confidence that I can perform on a low(er) carb diet on a 100m event first.

Training Blog: Andy Dolphin – April

Week 14 This week culminates in a long training ride for our charity event (see footer). So the week would focus on low volume with HIIT, and introduces the first build phase of the training plan; 5th April – 65 minutes inc w/u, endurance based with 6 x 60 seconds...

Training for the Mallorca 312. The final month.

I have now begun my taper, with just a week to go before the 312km event in Mallorca next Saturday. I’m already in the centre zone of the Pro Training Guide, and expect to move rightwards during the week as my recovery continues to improve.

Preparing for the longest ride…

By Simon Wegerif Every year I have to do something that tests the limits of my endurance. Two years ago it was the Haute Route challenge of cycling from Geneva to Nice in 6 timed stages across the Alps, and last year it was the Etape TdF stage with 4500m of climbing...

Training Blog: Andy Dolphin – January

The start of the year sees a return to a training plan. 4th Jan was the first session, which was endurance based with 2 x 10min tempo included, 60 mins, repeated on the 6th (although this suggested HIIT, I stayed with the schedule). 8th Jan strayed from the plan when...

Training Blog: Andy Dolphin- December

December will be a few weeks of preparation, with a plan to carry out an FTP test over Christmas. To start the week was 90mins constant higher endurance on the turbo. 1st and 2nd had good readings, 1st was a rest day, so on the 2nd it was a 60min lower endurance...

Training Blog: John O’Regan – November

I finished off last month with a mention of the Volcano Marathon in the Atacama desert in Chile and I’m happy to say it went quite well considering the conditions and the travel involved.The week before I departed for Chile the Volcano erupted and the day after I...

Training Blog: Andy Dolphin – November

The week below was a scheduled recovery week in the periodised routine. However the first part of the week suggested I could do more than the 1-hour recovery session on 27th and a lower endurance session with 2 x 10min tempo on the 29th, but I stuck with it. My...

Training Blog: John O’Regan – October

John O’Regan is an Irish International Ultra Runner and Adventurer competing at all distances and over all terrain. He has raced on the 7 Continents but with training time being limited, to maximise his available time he monitors recovery by measuring HRV to determine future training sessions and intensity.

Training Blog: Brian Schwind – October

 With my last race of the season completed I headed into September and October with the main goal of recovery and rejuvenation. My focus is spending more time with my wife, getting outside and doing some different activities, and just enjoying some free time. I have...

Training Blog: John O’Regan – September

John O’Regan is an Irish International Ultra Runner and Adventurer competing at all distances and over all terrain. He has raced on the 7 Continents and included the highest, lowest, hottest, coldest, most northern and most southern races in the world. Training time is limited and to maximise his available time he monitors recovery by measuring HRV to determine future training sessions and intensity. Each month he shares his ithlete HRV scores, training plans and realities with you here on the ithlete blog.

Training Blog: Andrew Tamplin – July

Andrew Tamplin started July happy, fit and looking forward to the month of sweet spot training, putting in some harder efforts with the aid of ithlete Pro to guide him. Did Andrew get through July unscathed?

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