Week of Kona / Joe Friel: Your ‘Training Bible,’ and the Secret to Ironman Success

October 9, 2015
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Coach Joe Friel sits down with Tawnee overlooking the Kona shores on the eve of the Ironman World Championships to talk all about endurance training. Get a deeper understanding of the process and journey that makes a great athlete. Whether you have a coach or are self-coached this is a must-listen! And of course, some Kona and Ironman tips included!

EP’s top picks of Joe Friel’s books:

Also check out Joe’s blog for more great articles and resources.

Topics covered in this show:
-Training Peaks, understanding the new Performance Management Chart (PMC), and other ways to monitor your training
-Joe on aerobic (Z1-Z2) training vs. intensity
-The years-long journey of building an aerobic base before “allowing” intensity
-Watching your ego
-Fixing things if you experienced overtrainining and/or had too much intensity too early on
-When to add intensity… and how much, how often? (Dose + Density)
-Risk vs. reward of intensity
-Do we really need 5+ heart rate zones?
-Joe’s take on simplifying it to 3 zone-training
-Lactate threshold testing
-The aerobic threshold and how it correlates with lactate threshold (AeT = LT – 30 beats)
-What Joe really thinks of heart rate, and the need to be flexible with it
-Tips for athletes over 50 – and why you want strength training + intensity even if your races are lower efforts
-Tempo workouts
-The individual nature of training and coaching, and how there’s no one-size-fits-all way!
-Even Joe says, “IT DEPENDS!!!”
-Modifying templates to fit your needs as a unique athlete
-The secret to making it to Kona….
-And much more from Joe including stories of athletes he’s coached and more!


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