There’s a point at which base building has severely diminishing returns and you need to improve maximum strength output and local muscular endurance (while maintaining the aerobic base) to create significant improvement.
I was listening to the podcast and heard the discussion that some people have the problem of doing activities that leave them “tired but not fitter.” One example cited was a mountain guide who spends lots of time hiking slowly with a big pack with clients. I’m confused on this point, though. If said mountain guide was going “slowly” wouldn’t that equate to spending hours in Zone 1 (or, I suppose, the recovery zone)? The training advice usually includes considerable volume in Zone 1. Is the idea expressed in the podcast that there is excessive volume at zone 1 or below that causes excess stress but does not drive a useful training effect? Would it matter if the athlete was well-conditioned and did not have ADS, so that zone 1 was the main training zone? Or does this have to do more with the pack weight issue, in that a lot of miles with a heavy pack in the “recovery” heart rate zone is not recovery?
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