“tell us whats right? Because its pounding in my heart.” GB
I was listening to Matt Fitzgerald who wrote that book on getting to race weight and he said the way to get to race weight is high volume. Increasing volume will bring idea weight for those who need to lean out (for skinny people you get your own post that is about eating more and hitting the gym). More training will burn more calories and cause lower percent body fat provided you dont increase your calorie intake. When thinking about what limits most athletes I really think its body composition. I hear people complain “I am too slow” and I heard a coach say “you need to run faster in training to run faster in your marathon.”
But I wonder what would happen if these 3:30-4:30 marathoners did the marathon 20-30 lbs lighter. I bet running at what feels slow is 1-2 minutes faster per mile. No speed work, no injuries from the track and pounding out intervals and repeats with crushing weight on joints.
So while high mileage helps in other ways (making athletes stronger, fitter, more efficient), one key factor is that it burns a ton of calories. The only way you can do a high volume training plan is to keep the effort in check so you can recovery and hit it again day and day (after day after day).
So when people talk about “junk miles” how about we think of it as “losing the junk in the truck” miles. This is most key this time of year when body fat is highest and fitness lowest making that speed work most dangerous.
I wonder, do people want to do speed work because they think it helps, because they think it’s fun, or because in this busy age do people want a short cut?
I suggest people look for ways to train more (you may want to also get tattooed sleeves) look for time to train that you might have missed, be focused, make a plan that doesn’t waste time and then see how much you can do.
To be clear I am not proposing no speed work ever, but for ironman distance racing its not short and there are not short cuts.