After this ultra-marathon season, I really needed some serious, strategic and realizable training plan. Following a structured plan is sometimes the necessary choice, in order to get back into regular training. Having fun in the mountains is great, but racing to your ability is also what we want to do. The two can meet, but if one takes over the place of the other and throws off the balance, competition performance will suffer.
I already wrote 2 articles about my VO2MAX exploits. It is paying off big time. You can check them here:
One single phase of 8 training sessions in 3 a weeks period already gave me an enormous boost. I finished an 8km D+330 race, what was pure agony, pure VO2MAX and lactate threshold with many anaerobic components involved. I was leading for a while and held onto 2nd place till like 1000m to go, but the final steep climb acidified me and the runner behind gave me like 400m of gap just on this last section. I still stayed a couple of seconds under previous year’s course record what is just really encouraging. Knowing that this season was really for ultras and that I finished a 24h effort just about 7 weeks earlier, I feel superbly satisfied, first of all that my performance was great and secondly that the new training system I working on is functioning big-time.
I am not ready yet for a post race afternoon interval session, what is one of the components of the #RevVO2Mix approach, as I feel like I am completely destroyed with a nagging achilles tendon and tired knees. However, as I am getting deeper into the realms of physiology, it is coming, to reap off every little benefits of racing and training.
Of course, this whole new system is not there all alone. Nutrition, periodisation, sleep, hydration, lifestyle and so many other factors have to be dialled in. However if we started with one single thing to work on: that would be HRV. Heart rate variability. The be all number. Actually, if you did not eat, drink and sleep well, with sufficient cutting back on training frequency, volume and intensity, it will show off the chart numbers with bad results, so it is connected to your lifestyle surely. I really succeeded with this measure, 2 times now. It is so easy, it teaches you how to handle yourself. I knew that waking up later than usual, with earlier bedtimes and applying 3 to 4 days of strategic intermittent fasting will make my HRV score topped up and my morning heart rate low enough, that on race day I would have a score of 10 and ready to perform at my MAX!
We will have a discussion about self coaching, high intensity interval training, Maffetone method and HRV measurements all in the same text, to make you a more productive person and a super efficient athlete !
As the title suggest we are getting into phase 2. I am a stronger and more robust athlete and following a 1 week recovery after this damaging race, I am going to further implement multi-faceted VO2Max sessions. I just named this approach #RevVO2Mix and I am gonna refer to this from now and on by this name.
Volume is not my priority, yet, as I am racing short. More likely focusing on technique, athletic schooling, strength, power and explosiveness. However as the season goes forward, I will get into half marathon, marathon and ultra-marathon efforts in the next 6 months.
- Cannes Half Marathon – February
- St Tropez Marathon – March
- Ultra Trail de Defy de Balcons d’Azur in April