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by tcl
Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Losing speed and slower race times
Replies: 22
Views: 7284

Re: Losing speed and slower race times

Thanks, Kevin. Every 2-3 weeks sounds like an important part of your training. If you don't have any races lined up for a couple months, do you try to do something close to race effort once or twice in there? Or do you stick exclusively to "keep the ball rolling" workouts until the next real race? I...
by tcl
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Losing speed and slower race times
Replies: 22
Views: 7284

Re: Losing speed and slower race times

Kevin,
How often do you race?
by tcl
Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Improvement rate of different physiological mechanisms of running
Replies: 21
Views: 9743

Re: Improvement rate of different physiological mechanisms of running

Thanks, all. Metrics are tough in sports; I guess we're each an experiment of one. In college I had friends who did great on steady-paced medium-length runs year-round, with races and very limited speed-work. When I tried this, I would gain fitness for a few weeks and then the legs would get very he...
by tcl
Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Improvement rate of different physiological mechanisms of running
Replies: 21
Views: 9743

Re: Improvement rate of different physiological mechanisms of running

Thanks, Ninetonite. Everything you say matches what I've gathered about Tinman's approach. But his comment above suggests that there may be a type of work that should pretty much always be in the mix, and that the type (hill charges, long run, whatever)  varies from runner to runner. Is that the cas...
by tcl
Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Improvement rate of different physiological mechanisms of running
Replies: 21
Views: 9743

Re: Improvement rate of different physiological mechanisms of running

[quote="Tinman"] tcl, Look at your history and figure out what must always be part of your training routine that makes you "strong" as a runner. Never get rid of that! If that means you need a long run, keep it in your schedule until you within 10-14 days of a peak race. If that means you need to do...
by tcl
Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Improvement rate of different physiological mechanisms of running
Replies: 21
Views: 9743

Re: Improvement rate of different physiological mechanisms of running

[quote="Tinman"] In principle, and alternation of focus on longer or shorter race-distances is ideal. However, how you set up the alternation depends upon your strengths and weaknesses. You must do a logical examination of your abilities and then set up your training progression.  If you lack speed,...
by tcl
Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Mileage vs Power
Replies: 17
Views: 8095

Re: Mileage vs Power

Thanks! I'll try this. For a Saturday race, are we talking about something like Monday for the 1K repeats and Wednesday for the 200s (which might progress from 5K to mile or 800 pace)? [quote="Tinman"] tcl - You will find that it's possible to run many solid races every year if you just taper the to...
by tcl
Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Mileage vs Power
Replies: 17
Views: 8095

Re: Mileage vs Power

Thanks, all. I'll include some specifics from my situation since I'm "average" almost by definition: -Probably in the middle of the distance-runner FT-ST continuum. Let's say 65% ST, 25% FT IIa, 10% FT IIx. Very rough guess from various race performances and training experiences. No Coe, no Salazar,...
by tcl
Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Mileage vs Power
Replies: 17
Views: 8095

Re: Mileage vs Power

Thanks, AP--that's interesting and perhaps worth a try. I want to be clear, though: a big taper (say, from 65/wk down to 35-40 for 7 days or so) does help me run my best race at the end of a season, sometimes around 10 sec./mile faster than I've been racing on normal mileage. I would have thought th...
by tcl
Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Mileage vs Power
Replies: 17
Views: 8095

Re: Mileage vs Power

I find I respond very well to one fairly drastic taper at the end of a season--but then the next week I've lost all my fitness and will race horribly if I try. This was okay back when I had well-defined seasons in high school and college. But now the racing season seems to be a bit here and a bit th...
by tcl
Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: AP in my charts
Replies: 26
Views: 8774

Re: AP in my charts

[quote="ATimmins"] Something like 200/200 vo2 pace, slowly transitioning into 800/400 AP pace, but still going back to the 200/200 once and awhile or doing some 200's after the 800/400.  But this would be a very narrow view at the season.  Think of TT and CV as building up the size of your engine, t...
by tcl
Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: AP in my charts
Replies: 26
Views: 8774

Re: AP in my charts

Thanks, both of you. I  should have been more specific. In Tinman's nomenclature, CV and VO2max are physiologically conceived training paces that come with particular guidelines. CV can be done year-round, in sessions that are significant but not exhausting. VO2max, by contrast, might be targeted fo...
by tcl
Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: AP in my charts
Replies: 26
Views: 8774

Re: AP in my charts

Is "aerobic power" pace something you recommend targeting in workouts?

I know you're extremely busy; perhaps other posters can point me in the right direction on this.
by tcl
Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Specific leg strength
Replies: 31
Views: 11058

Re: Specific leg strength

First race was 5K in about 17:20. Hilly and extremely strong wind--I would still guess about 16:45 under ideal conditions on a track. Went out steady and just kept that effort; felt sort of like 5:40 pace could have continued forever but 5:25 pace would have burned me out in a minute or two (on that...
by tcl
Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:28 am
Forum: "Coaching & Training Talk"
Topic: Specific leg strength
Replies: 31
Views: 11058

Re: Specific leg strength

I guess that's what I'm asking: whether better gains come from one very hard plus four very easy, or from something like your other two suggestions: E,E,ME,E,MH or E,E,E,MH. One imagines the answer may vary from case to case. Since I haven't put any effort higher than "medium" into any run for the p...