I’m curious about what distances you are racing.
I’ve been reading on the site long enough to get a decent handle on the UA approach to cross training, which is not to value it too much as sport-specificity rules.
However, I’ve had difficulty accepting that as it doesn’t agree with my general experience. I’ve typically gotten into PR shape for my running (road and mountain/uphill) with a strategy consisting of the following.
Focus on Running – 67-75% of the weekly volume is running. Almost all high-intensity workouts done via running (exception described below).
Cross training supplements the remaining 25-33% – Consisting of cycling, stand-up-cycling, uphill treadmill (12-15%) walking, Stairmill. All done at low zones (I generally did them according to MAF HR which translates roughly to Zone 1 in UA methodology), except for some higher intensity work done on uphill treadmill to prepare for climbing races.
I’m injury prone (and on the older side) so this strategy helps me do a tremendous amount of volume while lowering my injury risk. I’ve managed upwards of 16 hour weeks using this method. I am familiar with tracking load/fitness, I just use a different tool (sporttracks) than the TrainingPeaks recommended here.
So I’m having to balance what has worked for me in the past with what is espoused in my UA book and here. Or is there nothing generally wrong with my strategy described above?
Appreciate all thoughts and discussion, thanks.
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