This is the first time in my life when I am teaching myself to "base train".
I understand the concepts of base training (slow miles, not too many) and its benefits, but I find them hard to apply.
Lets take it sport by sport.
I have been running easy since the marathon, over 50% of miles on trails, with one longer run on steep trails ranging from 1:45 to 2:50 (that's only 8 -14 miles). The pace is v easy on these long runs, but my HR does go up on the inclines. The rest of the time I am keeping the pace easy with a few hill sprints thrown in for good measure. I don't usually take my Garming with me on these easy runs. However, as I discovered today, my easy pace is pretty fast right now. A nice problem to have, you say, but I get a little concerned because I am not sure if that is easy enough or am I going to be at my peak in January, for a C race, and overtrained in February for an A race? I am also concerned that I am locked on this pace (marathon pace) and have lost my range - not a good thing.
Is there such a thing as base training for swimming? I mean, all the swimming I do is drills and intervals (short and long). That is only a little different than what I do when I train for a race (except when I race I swim more miles, and I do a weekly long endurance swim).
I have no idea what am I doing here. I get on the bike 4/week for 45 minutes playing with the resistance for 5-10 min increments, paying attention to the cadence when the folks on Gray's Anatomy are performing open heart surgery that I am not keen to see, and a 2h (3h once a month) ride where I spin for 45 min @ cadence higher than 100, and then play with the resistance for the remainder of the time.
(And I do do the strength part even though it is not my favorite thing to do!)
What do you do for base training and how do you make yourself peak for a race or prevent yourself from being at your fastest when it does not matter?
Last night I watched a great movie with a running theme, "Saint Ralph". V cute, check it out!
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