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Thought you guys may have some fun with this one; and perhaps a little different than some of the other questions you get. Maybe. 35 year old single guy who loves a good endurance challenge (Ironman, Leadville, etc. à humble brag) I’d say I’m slightly better than average but can be put in my place by most at any moment from an athletic perspective. Don’t really care much though, just out there to compete and play with my friends.
Staring down the barrel of another year of training and practice in prep for 70.3 at St. George and 140.6 Wisconsin. I love it! It’s fun for me. The trouble is I am actively seeking a partner in crime. How the heck does someone find and maintain love when their favorite hobby includes getting up at 5 AM to ride bikes for 6 hours. I’ve been on plenty of first dates where her eyes gloss over as you start talking about going to bed at 7:30 PM on a Saturday so you can get up after 10 hours of needed sleep to go make exercise. To be fair Ironman is easier than dating. So why wound ’t I just Ironman.
I feel like you and the team may have some fun anecdotes and advice for me. I can’t imagine this is unique just to me? All right heading to the pool because that’s the normal thing to do at 4:45 AM on a Friday Morning. You guys rock!
I’m training for an April marathon and I’ve just started to build a better strength program into my training (moving from body weight to actual weights and lifting). I was wondering whether you had advice on how schedule my strength training?
I do a workout run, easy, workout, rest, long (Tuesday to Saturday) then another easy run Sunday and rest Monday pending how I feel.
I tried strength on an easy day, but the workout was really hard the next day – thoughts on how I overcome this (or should I suck it up because it will be hard for a while)?
Thank you for your great advice. I started the keto diet with a protein focus on New Year’s day. I realize that I left out some information from my last question. I am a mesomorph (think Christian Bloomenfeldt without the talent). I started off at 188 pounds and weighed in this morning at 179 (so almost 10 pounds in a month). I think I will continue for another month and start adding more carbs back into my diet. So, at 169 while I am in the heart of my Marathon training.
Question about Resistance training: I am very muscular (even at 53). Can I keep my Resistance training down to one day? I am already doing core training, Plyometrics and jump rope (plus yoga on my recovery days).
Question about MAF: I started MAF back in October. I feel it was good for my off season but now that I am training for my Marathon I am doing MAF on non-quality days (e.g., when I am not doing Intervals, tempo and hill Repeats) and am doing 2/3 MAF and 1/3 Marathon goal pace on long runs. Trying to stick with an 80/20 formula. I know this isn’t true MAF but does this sound like a realistic training plan? Also, being from the Pacific Northwest, I am not able to get a lot of Quality outdoor runs right now. I do my MAF test on a treadmill in order to create the same run conditions every time (no undulations in elevation or changes in terrain). I feel comfortable with my hill repeats outside but not my intervals (tracks and roads are covered in snow and ice).
I am 51 and have been doing MAF for over a year, No recent injuries although in November or 2016 ( over 2 years ago) I tore my PF around the 9th or 10th mile of a half marathon in which I was on track to break my PR by over 5 minutes.
Currently my workout regimen includes: 2 runs/week–with each run being 10-13 miles. Sometimes a shorter distance if I am doing a high incline run but usually around 3-4 hours/week running; 2-3 swims/week ranging from 2500-3500 meters and 1 (occasionally 2) power ride spinning classes per week. I use my swims as sort of a recovery day from my runs and rides and vice versa. I went to a 2 run/week regimen because I think I needed more recovery time. I will sometimes do a session on an elliptical rather than a 3rd swim, 2nd bike or 3rd run.
I am 5′ 10″ with a large frame and about 190. I had gotten my weight down to around 170 on a keto type diet but fell off the wagon and had to stop running for a while after my PF tear. I recently started a No sugar no grain regimen and seem to be loosing weight (and much to my wife’s joy, seem to be a lot less flatulent) ;.).
My current goals are to start running 1/2 marathons again and perhaps entering a 1/2 iron man towards the end of this year.
My questions are:
1) Does max HR as measured by a stress test have any bearing on what my MAF should be? A recent stress test had my max HR at 179 which is about 10 above predicted max HR according to 220-age formula. I imagine (or would like to believe) that a higher than predicted HR is a sign of a lower physiological age. If this is so, should I be adding to my MAF based on my higher than predicted max HR?
2) While swimming, would I use the same HR for MAF or decrease it by some specific #.
3) When I do my next 1/2 marathon, what kind of HR should I shot for during the race? 10 beats above, 15? How can I predict expected finishing time for that distance with my MAF pace?