I was perusing the October 2009 issue of Runner’s World and came across an article entitled “6 Secrets Of Highly Successful Runners,” by Sarah Lorge Butler. Her question: What really improves running performance? Her answer: Intense training sessions – as long as you do them right.
It got me thinking about how many different ways there are to improve performance. Everywhere you turn, someone has an opinion/suggestion/miracle. Tempo runs, intervals, hill repeats, long slow distance, open water swimming, drills, recovery, rest, nutrition, supplements, gear, etc. How to winnow the chaff and glean the nuggets of gold (to mix metaphors or something)?
This is the first season in many many many years that I am training consistently. The training I chose to improve both my fitness and performance was based on a 3 day a week program for running, biking, and swimming (though my swimming averages out o 0, probably). I basically do a tempo day, an interval/skill day, and a LSD day for the disciplines. I think it’s working. Though not race-tested, I feel more fit, can run/bike further, and my pace per mile is coming down. What’s next?
As someone who has a family, works, and is both somewhat lazy and a procrastinator, the amount of training will not increase markedly (though it will have to if I actually want to complete an Ironman distance triathlon by my 50th birthday). What would be One Simple Thing I could do to improve my performance?
Mine is actually easy. Not that it’s simple or easy , but if I lost all my excess weight (roughly 40-50 pounds), everything would improve. My health, fitness, endurance, and performance, the whole kit and caboodle. With my recent health scare (see earlier post), I’m working on the nutrition part. In several weeks, I’ll find out if giving up red meat, bread products, and taking red rice yeast are enough to: lose weight, lower my cholesterol, and give me a clean(er) bill of health.
What’s your Simple Thing? What could you do to improve performance?