Thanks to those of you who attended the Heart Rate Clinic last night at Destination Kona. I hope you enjoyed it and that you learned something new.
Those who missed it, I hope you'll attend the next one.
Here is just one of many topics we talked about:
The most important adaptations at a cellular level that will improve your endurance and fitness occur in the AEROBIC ZONE. The ANAEROBIC ZONE brings also great benefits, but only AFTER a good strong base has been established. Training at a high intensity, when the body is not yet ready, increases the recovery period and also the risk of injury, illness and mental burnout, without any additional training benefits.
Once you transfer to the ANAEROBIC ZONE, depending on your fitness level, the time you spent in that zone and the intensity of the exercise during that time, it may take up to 7 - 9 hours for your body to get back to the AEROBIC ZONE.
Unless it is a specific interval or tempo workout, a 3+ hr bike ride or a 2+ hr run that is not executed at the right intensity, is a waste of time and energy, that will not allow for the desired physiological adaptations to take place and will put you at risk.
The secret to improving performance in endurance sports is consistency, not intensity.
Unfortunately we all know how miserable an injured athlete is, so why risk so much and gain so little by training wrong?
Train slow first to be fast(er) later!