I just came back from training camp with my cross-country skiing club, LYN SKI, and let’s just say that the training was hard enough. I felt really good and focused through the whole week, but this week I need to slow down a little and let the body recover properly before adding on a higher training load. Speaking of load…
…Today was a tough day and yesterday was also a tough day. On yesterday’s training I felt fatigued and my heart rate was about 10 beats higher than it should have been on such an easy speed during the evening run with LYN.
I tried to run really easy and make my movements as energy economic as possible, breathe calmly and just relax into the pace. No luck with that though, and my legs felt, not heavy, but like I did not control them completely.
I ran at the front of the pack or ahead. Instead I should have hung back and joined the tail of the group in the hope of a slower pace. Everyone will catch up when we stop to for a sip of water anyway. The reasons for me running up there yesterday is that I don’t like it when people are waiting for me and also the pace usually suits me just fine when we are training with the juniors.
During one week of training camp I had 23 hours of training with 4 hard sessions, where 3 of them were planned and 1 of them became a 2.5 hour skate session in zone 3 and low zone 4, because I didn’t have the patience to slow down. See the pattern here?
Not being completely egotistical with your training intensity in performance training is such a rookie mistake! Even with all my physiological knowledge I did it and I feel so stupid to have done it. Not the extra hard session on camp, because I made an educated choice with that one, but with yesterday’s training. My body really needed it to be easy, I made it moderate intensity and today I am paying for it in fatigue. Another rest day it is then!
In our break room at work I needed to went and told Performance Coach and AFPT colleague, Tomas Fjeldberg, about my rookie mistake at in practice yesterday (my colleagues at Magnat Center are the best!).
“Yes, that is wrong”, he agreed and confirmed. “It’s not like I would go and lift somebody else’s weights on the platform! Even if it was just a matter of one kilo, I’d absolutely adjust the weight to get the right intensity for me.”
WORD, Tomas! I love his analogy to weight lifting, because it made me understand so clearly that it is just sloppy work and may be a bit naive not to control the intensity relative to your physical form and shape of the day. And we can’t have sloppy work now, can we? As a firm believer in polarized training (easy-, lactate threshold- and high intensity) for my type of training goals it’s all about practicing what I preach. One session here or one session there on higher intensity than initially planned kill neither your, nor your current shape, but in the long run it might prevent you from peaking like you should, when you should.
I believe that if you can prevent somebody from making the same mistakes as you did, you should and I’m telling you this so that you can avoid the mistakes I knowingly did yesterday.
From now and until March 2017 I will not stand for it and I vow not to do it again! What I really should have done on such a day was to let the group go all together, not care if I had to hang back or I should have gone running all alone. Just me and my heart rate monitor watch.