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Time is a critical component of your endurance training. The article covers the origin of Big Day Training, which was my favorite workout as an elite triathlete. Also covered, is how you can apply the principles for amateur athletes.
Every new cyclist knows the feeling of being completely blown after a hard effort.
In my first bike race, I decided to attack the bunch, downhill. Don’t ask me why. Back then, I’d lose my mind when my HR was up.
The attack left my legs shattered and saw me quickly spat out the back when the bunch rolled me up.
In swimming, as I challenged my ability to swim long via 4000, 5000, 6500 and, eventually, 10000 meter workouts, there would be days when a switch-flipped and, instantly, my pace dropped by 10s per 100.
Like my first bike race, there was no coming back.
In running, particularly long races, my experience was different yet again.
Here, pain would slowly build in in my legs and my pace would gradually slow.
Eventually, my legs would be so beat up, I was unable to place a meaningful load on my cardiovascular system.
Fueled up, and hydrated, with no ability to raise my heart rate.
What can we do about it?
Exercise physiologists refer to the above as Durability
…the time of onset and magnitude of deterioration of physiological performance parameters over time during prolonged exercise.