Leaving post-workout comments in your training log may feel unnecessary when your training device auto-uploads your workout directly into TrainingPeaks. Isn’t the data from your training device enough for you and your coach to work with? Although your training device data is crucial, it only tells part of your training story. Data from your workout device outlines the … [Read more...] about Why Is Logging Post-Workout Comments Important and What Should You Include?
To excel in your athletic goals, you need to train with a purpose. Training with a purpose means knowing why you are doing a particular workout and how that workout fits into your overall progression toward your goals. But to train with a purpose, you need a plan. To create your own custom training plan, check out the "Guide to Creating Your Training Plan." The … [Read more...] about How Do You Create a Custom Training Plan?
A key element of any training plan is the use of training zones to help you achieve the right training effects as you progress through your program. But how do you set your training zones if you’re using a heart rate monitor or power meter? What about if you’re using pace? What about perceived exertion, and how does perceived exertion correlate with heart rate, power, and … [Read more...] about How Do You Set Your Training Zones?
When developing your fueling and hydration plan for an ultramarathon, you also need to take into account how much caffeine you’re ingesting — and in what stages of the race. Many energy gels, chews, and bars come with added caffeine, which makes it easy to over consume caffeine unless you’re strategically using those sports nutrition products with an eye on your individual … [Read more...] about How Much Caffeine is Safe to Ingest During an Ultramarathon?
Ultramarathons have sometimes been called an eating contest while running, given the need for consistent fueling throughout the events. Ultrarunners competing in a 24-hour trail ultramarathon (covering from 75-130 miles) have been documented to expend up to 18,000 calories over those 24 hours (Costa et al. 2014). Avoiding a caloric deficit is impractical, but avoiding an … [Read more...] about How Much Should You Be Eating and Drinking During an Ultramarathon?