I have worked 80+ hour weeks. I have trained 25+ hours in a week. I have done both of these simultaneously. I have learned firsthand that more of everything typically means less of what you really want.
Getting faster or better at what you are doing is not simply a function of how much or what type of training your are doing — in the endurance space there is one greater truism. The longer you do something, the better you get at it.
Our goal with the FIT life architecture is to help you build a lifestyle that includes your fitness, but fitness-centric. At the end of the day, all of this training and racing stuff is just a game. We can make playing the game part of how we live, but it’s never the be-all end-all.
The value of your training time is multiplied by how you use it.
While epic training is fascinating, having 20-25 hours per week to train is typically a pipe dream for most athletes. Truth be told, it’s more fun to read about than to actually do — after about 15 hours a week your hobby is now really a part-time job (that you don’t get paid for)!
You are not alone in thinking there is a better way. Over the last decade I have used my coaching experience to develop an effective, high return-on-investment style of training. Here is a quick list of key differences between the old school long distance martyrs and the new school folks like you and me.
Old School vs. New School
OS: Volume of training is the most important factor.
NS: Quality training trumps volume.
OS: Consistency is defined by daily amounts of training done consecutively.
NS: Consistency is defined by continually improving critical benchmarks, accomplished through hard sessions, and adequate recovery.
OS: To be incredibly fit.
NS: To be fit for a purpose (what are you training for?), and to leverage that fitness to do cool stuff.
OS: Fill available time with multiple, often contradictory, training exercises (i.e. crosstraining).
NS: Do the work that needs to be done in each session, and only do extra if your schedule allows it (sport specificity).
OS: It’s the Engine, not the Equipment.
NS: Equipment matters.
OS: Subjective — Perceived Exertion, Stopwatch.
NS: Objective — Data (Power, Pace, Heart Rate, etc.)
OS: Your life is your training schedule, period.
NS: Training schedule can be built to fit your life.
OS: Coach/Expert manages your plan.
NS: You manage your plan.
OS: It’s about the destination. You train for an entire year, or multiple years, focused on a single event or athletic goal.
NS: It’s about the journey. You balance training and racing to make the process of getting fitter and better more fun.
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