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What’s up guys, “Blue Collar Baller” here! I’m a UPS Driver and I still get 25-35k farmer walk steps and stair climbing in a day, I won USAT Cross Triathlon Nationals in 2017. We had a baby boy in 2018, and I only raced 1 Olympic with Elites, it wasn’t pretty! I tried to keep some fitness ready to hit 2019 hard. My training was going great until a month ago on a long run I had a “Calf Heart Attack.”
It is pretty much a deep strain in the Gastroc calf muscle. I can run short 3-4 miles easy with no pain, but I don’t trust it to do any speed. I have been working on a faster cadence for less ground contact and less impact, (I have long legs that like to stride!).
So, with Cross Tri Nationals 9 weeks out, should I mainly focus on hard training for the bike/swim and easy running until full recovery? I will say my swim is fair, I can average 1:25s in Olympic distance swim whether I train 3 days a week or 1 day. I’m a powerhouse on the bike, like to hammer and I am very technically good. I am a decent runner, my volume is low, but I can block the internal governor on race day and suffer as needed.
Greetings from Massachusetts! I’m a big fan of the show and have learned so much since I started listening to your podcast last year.
I am a 48-year-old triathlete (competing in sprint, Olympic and 70.3).
I took up cyclocross 3 years ago and I am in love with this sport, it’s such a fun yet challenging sport with a great community. Triathlon remains my priority, I see cyclocross as more of a fun way to mix things up in the offseason, however that doesn’t mean I don’t want to improve at it. I have seen a big improvement in the last 3 years in my technical riding skills but the part of cyclocross that absolutely crushes me are the sprint starts and the fast flat power sections. My question is how can I train for these fast sections while still focusing primarily on triathlon training.
My A-Race is a 70.3 in mid-September and my cyclocross season typically runs from late September through mid-December. Any suggestions you can give me would be very much appreciated.
New listener to your podcast (really interesting stuff!) and just about to embark on my MAF journey. I have a couple of questions about starting MAF training. I bought the “Big Book of Endurance Training” several years ago, but never committed to the approach for various reasons (mostly because I like running “fast”, and enjoy what might be called “junk miles”), whereas now I think it might help me reach my goals and prevent injury.
My background: Male, 43 yo, 195lbs.
I took up running quite late in life, for fitness & enjoyment, with my best years to date being 2014 / 2015 (19:34 5k, 3:40 trail marathon were my highlights (although I bonked hard on the last 3 miles of the marathon)). I also competed in a number of triathlons that year. Since then I suffered badly with plantar fasciitis and IT band injuries, which knocked me out of any kind of training for near on 2 years.
I started training again in late 2018, and now in 2019 needed to set a focused goal. I plan to train toward an Ironman distance event in 2021, with a half-ironman toward the end of 2020. I’d really like to have a structured training approach for these endurance events and so I dusted off the big yellow book and re-read the details.
My question is as follows: My heart rate is very low (it’s not a medical issue, just naturally low). It is normally 38 – 40 when I wake up in the morning and sits between 40 – 45 when sitting at my desk. I am by no means an elite athlete! Should I still apply the 180-age formula to determine my MAF threshold? I’m keen to ensure I focus on the right training effort.