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Fatigue training?

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    What is the area called that I would need to train to increase fatigue resistance? i.e. after an 8-hour canyoning trip, 120km road cycling, or 30km run, the next day I’m sore and tired and need to rest, whilst others are able to do more cycling, strength work or any other exercise.


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    Jane Mackay on #60668

    Marty, I’m far from an expert, but I would think number 1 would be base training to increase fat adaptation, and number 2 would be strength training to reduce the amount of effort required for each movement.

    brianbauer on #60680

    my ultra trail racing training includes any number of back to back long runs on weekends. the 2nd day long run is designed to be done on somewhat tired legs. for me, these long runs are done at an easy pace. back to back efforts must be trained for, and managing your effort during each is very important. eg. when I do back to backs, I think of it as a 2 day event, not 2, one day events…

    martyb on #60819

    Thank you Brian and Jane – I’ll take on board those suggestions.

    Jane Mackay on #60825

    Another thought … I’ve been finding nutrition and hydration to be another large component in how well I recover, specifically, carbohydrates pre- and post-event and more and better hydration than I think I need. That might be another aspect to consider. Dietitian Rebecca Dent has some articles on this site; you might find something useful there. She has written one article on hydration that I’ve found very useful. Also taking into consideration that men and women metabolise the macronutrients differently and thus have different needs (age/time of life plays a part too, but much more so for women).

    brianbauer on #60828

    Nutrition in training is another topic similar to fatigue training, but also a little different. fatigue training, eg. back-back long runs, is done intentionally to train your body for “running when tired”. there is another kind of training that might be a little more controversial: training your body to deal with lack of calories, eg training long runs without taking in calories…but this should not be confused with under-hydrating. in my longest training runs, I train “the way I race” by taking in calories, but on occasion I decide to not take in calories on medium length workouts. but I never, ever under hydrate in training. I know first hand from ultra races what happens when I am dehydrated, and I don’t see any value in replicating that in training.

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