My journey to qualify for Alcatraz

Consistency

Posted in Uncategorized by ottojungsf on November 6, 2009

During High School I was an ok runner. I had middle of the pack times and kept up with others on the team, but never was an all star. Our training season for cross country started in September and ended in March. We had a quick break over Christmas then trained for track and field. After our season was over we had an entire summer to finally relax and not have to train two hours after school. Sounds great doesn’t it?

So what did I do during my summer break? I trained inconsistently, didn’t eat the right foods (read: Taco bell and pop tarts), and didn’t follow what any coach would consider a good training plan. It probably wouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that I never progressed beyond the middle of the pack.

Consistency has been one of the single most difficult things for me to learn. When it comes to endurance sports there are no free lunches. When I decide to eat a juicy 16oz. Steak I have learned that my heart rate will be at an elevated level for the next few days while training.

I think there are four main areas that someone needs to focus on a consistent basis in order to be successful:

  • Nutrition: Eating not too much or too little calories, the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, and avoiding unhealthy snacks.
  • Frequency (How frequently you rest or train): Resting the right amount on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis, and training for each sport
  • Volume (How much distance or time you train for each sport): Completing the assigned time or distance for each sport.
  • Intensity (What heart rate zone, wattage, or pace you are training at):  Ensuring that you are not training at too high of a level too early on in the season and not going too easy later in the season at you approach your “A” level race.
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