Endurance Nation broke new training ground when we released the first-ever OutSeason® Training program in 2007. Now it’s commonplace to see coaches talking about using intensity outside of race-specific training, but back in the day we took a serious amount of flack for telling endurance athletes that they needed to work on their Fast before building their Far.
Why Use Intensity to Get Fit?
There are a lot of reasons, but the two most important ones are typically over looked.
First, there is incredible value stressing alternative intensities outside of what you spend the bulk of your year doing.
In the case of the Ironman® or 70.3® athlete; much of your race effort is vanilla, aerobic steady-state. Go that way, for as long as you can, and pick / develop a pace where you won’t slow down. Effective on race day, but not for development.
After all, if you fix the intensity level, the only other option to increase training load is time…TIME. Your Zone Two run is 60 minutes this week and 75 the next. Before you know it you’ll be bumping up agains the 120 minute mark with no end in sight…and months way from your big race.
Most triathletes simply can’t do enough training to realize the benefits of an fixed-intensity, volume-oriented program.
Second, it first perfectly into the other 90% of your life.
Most skip this part, but it’s true. You, your body, your family, your friends, your co-workers…everyone goes through a racing season with you. Turning the dial back down from a time-commitment perspective means that you can actually recover from the hard work of your year…and excel in the other areas of your life that help sustain you.
It might sound corny, but it’s the truth. But even more important? Once you start to walk the path of the OutSeason® you’ll begin to see results you haven’t seen in a very long time, perhaps ever. Results that your own training and (lack of a) recovery program were preventing you from realizing.
“Joining Endurance Nation was a key decision for my season. Very economical in an online group coaching environment, as opposed to one on one coaching. I was looking for general guidance, and once in awhile specific answers to things that cropped up. The online team forum was also very helpful and friendly. The closest way to describe it: cloud team coaching. The results show quickly.”
— Mike Joyner
What Does This Have to Do With The Rest of My Season?
It has EVERYTHING to do with your year. Here are just a few of the reasons:
- It’s in the OutSeason® that you build new levels of fitness on the bike and run, fitness that will carry you through your year.
- You’ll become more focused, building a “mental sixpack” as you develop a new tolerance for hard training.
- Two days off a week ensures you are fit without being drained before the real training of your race season begins.
- And much more.
To learn more about the Endurance Nation OutSeason® Training Plan and methodology, please download and listen to this webinar recording from a recent Members-Only event:
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