I’ve run a few marathons. Typically the longest run is 20 miles and maybe just a few of those. So the principles carry over as you don’t run 40 miles in training etc. Nothing replaces consistency missing workouts is robbing yourself on your climb day. You can do a lot more than you would expect by simply training everyday. The uphill 24 week plan plays this well there are no 20 hr days or even 8 hr days the longest workouts are 4 hrs.
OK, last question! This group has been extremely illuminating and I am really grateful for the help.
The question has its roots in marathon training, but I don’t know how well it translates into mountaineering or alpine climbing. I’ve never run a marathon, but I gather that a typical plan will culminate with some over-distance runs, aiming to make race day feel easier. Common mortals can run a marathon in <4h though, which shouldn’t be that hard to recover from at a reasonable training pace.
Long days in the alpine can be 15h, or 24h, or even more. That surely taxes the body so much that you cannot make such days your training bread and butter. For those who have the luxury to culminate their training with a specific phase that involves gradually bigger objectives, you could build towards your end goal. For those of us who have time constraints and lack that luxury, is there a rule of thumb on how long our long (e.g. Sunday) sessions should be compared to the biggest day in the mountains?
A side question is how the nature of the climb affects training. For objectives with cumulative effort (e.g. multi-week expeditions), the body is called to perform again and again. Whereas for in-a-push climbs, you may have longer days but you’re done sooner. How do we structure training to reflect these different natures?
Thanks, as always.
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