Tuesday, February 13, 2007

All Your Base Are Belong To Us*

I understood that 12 weeks of low heartrate training might not leave me in a position to pick up intensity to lactate threshold sessions in the time remaining to IMAZ. My breathing opens up below Friel zone 2, so my low heartrate training was all done in zone 1. Last week was my second in zone 2, and now I know that I can't ramp up intensity to do lactate threshold sessions.

I'm not shocked - I'm built for middle-distance, and I suspect that is a signal that the likelihood of being an excellent responder to a low heartrate protocol is low. Still, I was surprised by just how much those two weeks wiped me out.

OK, IMAZ on nothing but base training. It's not as though that's uncharted territory; for example, here's Gale Bernhardt's chart.

And yes, today I was forcibly punted into New (!) Blogger. :-P

* click for allusion


Blogger Curly Su said...

I had totally forgotten about 'all your base'...thanks!

2/13/2007 09:09:00 am  
Blogger Bolder said...

huh, what?

isn't this the same line you gave me at Florida 70.3, and then did the same time i did?


periodization: base, speed, taper

make it happen, again!

2/13/2007 10:59:00 am  
Blogger Wendy said...

Bolder makes me laugh! Right out loud even.

(I needed the click to remind me.)

2/13/2007 11:03:00 am  
Blogger Brent Buckner said...

Bold: For IMAZ I'm stuck on base, but I'll get the speed sessions done for IMMoo 2007! I hadn't tried the very low heart rate stuff prior to Florida 70.3 2006 - I just had an abbreviated training schedule with too few hours.

Curly Su and Wendy: You're welcome. Here, have a funny video.

2/13/2007 11:30:00 am  
Blogger Cliff said...

There is such thing as speed?

Brent, you have been training base for more than a season, have you notice your improvement in speed in aerobic zone?

2/13/2007 11:49:00 am  
Blogger Brent Buckner said...


Not that long in base this season, only 12 weeks. I did lactate threshold work prior to the Berlin marathon at the end of September.

Minimal improvement in aerobic zone speed for me from 12 weeks of low heartrate work - moreso improved bonk resistance than anything. I suspect that I need Friel zone 2 intensity to recruit type IIa muscle fibres. YMMV.

2/13/2007 12:05:00 pm  
Anonymous Nigel. said...

If you are looking for a hobby that will consume vast quantities of leisure time, training for a sport or competition for which you are genetically ill-suited is an efficient way of accomplishing the goal.

OK, we can argue whether there is an efficient way to accomlish a goal of inefficiency...

2/13/2007 12:09:00 pm  
Blogger Brent Buckner said...

Nigel: Willingness to undergo tedium has advantages - perhaps training for that is useful!

2/13/2007 12:47:00 pm  
Anonymous Nigel. said...

The willingness to undergo tedium can have advantages, not must have advantages. It is the difference between useful tedium and idle tedium. I do not know if your training counts as tedium (useful or otherwise), but it sure chews up a lot of leisure time. Perhaps there are few other things to do when you live on an island paradise?

2/13/2007 01:42:00 pm  
Blogger Comm's said...

yeah man I am with bold, you skunked us in Florida. I am also rolling AZ on base training and you will clock me.

put the violins away ;)

2/13/2007 02:15:00 pm  
Blogger Brent Buckner said...


Lots of other things to do 'round here (not that I'm doing a lot of them) - bit short on major musical acts and theatrical productions, though.

I think endurance training can increase one's willingness to undergo tedium - as with other major exercises in concentration, time commitment, and delayed gratification. If one never actually unleashes that willingness on anything useful it is then a potential benefit left on the shelf.

Further, I'd guess that reaching "flow" or a meditative state becomes easier if practiced, endurance training being one route.

2/13/2007 02:19:00 pm  
Blogger Wendy said...

Ha!! Thanks for the video link.

2/14/2007 06:49:00 am  
Blogger Wendy said...

P.S. All the best for the EHTMNBN.

2/14/2007 08:15:00 am  

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