I got a lot of things right during my elite career.
Optimized loading was not one of them!
Let’s start with the purpose of load, paraphrased from Øyvind Sandbakk,
A good enough disruption in physiology that can be repeated over long time horizons
As a returning athlete, most my errors come from targeting too large a disruption…
…that delays my ability to repeat (and hopefully progress) the disruption.
How do we tip the scales in our favor?
One: Know YOUR Sustainable Average
- Not where you want to be.
- Not what a friend is doing.
- Not what was suggested on the internet
- Not the biggest week you ever survived
On my first call with an athlete:
- What did you get done last month?
- What was your average volume last winter?
That’s your HIGH and LOW range for sustainable volume.
It’s much easier to move up the bottom of the range.
Remove the causes of “missing tomorrow.”
Two: Know What Tips YOU Over The Edge
We each have a level of load that causes our lives to gradually fall apart.
Make errors visible and pay attention to what tips you over.
10% less can have you feeling 100% better.
Three: Know Your Minimum Effective Dose
My current minimums:
- Swim 2000 meters
- Bike 60 minutes
- Run 5 km
Not in a row, by the way.
Get those done 3x a week, add a strength session.
I’ll be just fine until life settles down.
- Use minimums to bring average load up
- Avoid long gaps in your favorite sports
- Focus on removing the choices that screw up tomorrow
Compounding Drives Returns
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