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.
Getting “Tired but not fitter”
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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