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 guides trained cyclists to new performance highs

Who, what & why In a previous post we covered studies that show using HRV to be significantly better than a standard training program in improving the performance of club and recreational runners. Now, a new study by researchers from the Universities of Alicante...

The effects of overreaching on trained cyclists

Most endurance athletes are familiar with the term ‘overreaching’. That’s when you do high volumes of intensified training to cause supercompensation. But what actually happens to your body and what measures can you use to identify when overreaching has gone too far and become unproductive?

Notes from a high-volume cycling training camp

Simon Wegerif shares his experience and tips following this years week long cycling training camp in Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The excellent paved roads extending from sea level to the main crater of Mt Teide at 2100m give continuous climbs of 18 – 48 km i.e. some of the longest in Europe.

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?

Individualised cold water immersion to speed recovery

Who, what and why? Coldwater immersion baths are often used to speed up recovery in both endurance and team sports. It is thought to be effective by moving fluid back from muscle tissue into the circulation, preventing reduction in contractility and associated muscle...

GB du/triathlete’s HRV and race performance correlation

I have been using ithlete for over three years now but it’s only been since the start of the year (2017) that I have started using it to its full potential with an ithlete Pro subscription. In previous years I would exclusively just use the iPhone app to help guide me...

Science and Cycling 2017 Dusseldorf – Our Highlights

Science and Cycling is an annual event, held near to the start of the Tour de France. The event enables sports science researchers and top-level practitioners to mix informally, and to listen and participate in a formal program of high quality peer reviewed...

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.

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.

Athletes: Fit but unhealthy?

Prof Paul Laursen & Dr Phil Maffetone have consistently preached the message that elite level performance needn’t be at the cost of your long term health. Their recent opinion piece highlighting why is summarised here.

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...

Science and Cycling 2016 – Summary of presentations

Science & Cycling is an annual gathering of researchers, expert practitioners and team performance managers arranged a couple of days before, and close to the start of the Tour de France. It was our first time attending and exhibiting and turned out to be one of...

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.

MAF training with Dr Phil Maffetone

In this second interview between Simon Wegerif and Dr Phil Maffetone they cover the MAF method. Including how this training method can improve performance, fat burning efficiency and your heart rate variability (HRV).

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: 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?

London Marathon Sub 3hr Pacer John O’Regan week report

Monday April 07th  HRV 67 Green. A reasonable result after yesterday’s steady session and late night.  Feeling good but will take it easy today.  Easy lunchtime run of 7K staying slow and keeping an eye on HR which seemed than expected.  That’ll be all for today...

80:20 training & heart rate variability by Andy Dolphin

Learning about heart rate variability I started cycling in April 2012, and quickly found out about the ithlete heart rate variability (HRV) app in July. Up until that point I didn’t really train as such, but simply went out for a ride. I did a sportive in July and...

Simon’s Polarised Training Challenge: The results!

The Etape du Tour 2013 Sunday 7th July So was all the training and preparation worthwhile?  Read on to find out! Taper & travel After a couple of good rides the previous weekend, I began my taper with an hour long aerobic ride on Weds 3rd July, and a light workout...

Cyclingphysio.com ithlete review

We wanted to share this great independent take on ithlete with you! A while back the ithlete team spoke to a guy named Dave who had a few questions about ithlete and mentioned he was reviewing it for his site – great we thought. But things are as busy as ever here at...

Fatigue, overtraining & the road to recovery

Okay, here goes . . . my first ever internet blog. Where shall I begin? Well it makes sense to share my experiences and understanding of the phenomenon that brought about me working in conjunction with ‘ithlete’ and using heart-rate variability to inform my training ....

Ben Ives

By day I am full-time GTA/Funded PhD Sports Coaching student at the University of Hull. By night I am a hyper-motivated road cyclist who is determined to obtain a professional contract. I turned to cycling in 2011 after a long career of playing football for Derby...

The Dragon Ride; Simon Polarised Training Challenge

Dragon Ride (Wales, 9th June) The Dragon Ride, at 130 miles, and 3400m of climbing is easily the hardest ride I have done in a long time (perhaps ever!).  I thought I rode it conservatively, but the zone distribution chart below shows that I spent the majority of the...

Simon Wegerif’s Polarised Training Challenge Part 5

In this 4th update, I’d like to run through the preparation for the first real test of the season – the Hampshire Hilly Hundred – a course designed to make the most of the rolling countryside of north Hampshire. The section of chart below is my heart rate...

Tim Crowley on Coaching with HRV

By Tim Crowley I have been using heart rate variability in my own training for nearly 2 years. For the past year I have been using it with many of my athletes. This number is steadily increasing and by end of this year I will make HRV a requirement for all athletes I...

A look back at the Triathlon Show

Back in March we visited the Triathlon Show at Sandown Park, London. The whole weekend was a great success and the ithlete team thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  We got to talk with many ithlete users and athletes interested in heart rate variability, have a look...

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