Couple of quick questions on what what I’m calling “Speed Tests”. Here’s what I mean:
Back in my days of rowing and triathlon, it was very common to do a series of tests every 8-12 weeks. In triathlon, we’d do race-pace 500m swims for example. In rowing, it felt like every day was a test, but certainly the 2000 / 6000m tests were king.
I don’t see these talked about too much on here, but quarantine has me thinking about racing and raw pace. I’m trying to apply my knowledge from TFtNA and Uphill Athlete and decide the best way to incorporate and learn from testing.
I’d like to think about two example races–a road marathon, and the grand traverse (40 mi / 6000ft gain). What tests would you say are benchmarks that might correlate with speed in these events? Runners talk all the time about 10k pace, 5k pace… but I have no idea what mine are — I do a lot of a long slow runs with some 30/30s, but that’s it.
Would you test these every 12 weeks? Where in the training plan would you put them? I’m torn because I want to go in rested, but I don’t want to disrupt my training schedule for something that feels…superfluous.
How do you all use this sort of testing? And is it necessary? Depending on where one is in their training cycle, certainly that pace just may not be there and that would be perfectly ok. Is it possible to read too much into these kinds of tests?
Hope all is well in quarantine folks.
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