So back in April I was involved in a major car accident and have been recovering since. I just had my first real workout (bike 10 miles) since then! I'd like to hear from anyone with similar stories of recovery. What specific challenges did you have getting back into form?
I have been slowly building up my mileage over the past 3 months from running nine miles a week and not biking at all, to now running fifteen miles a week and biking forty-five. I have built in "cut-back" weeks every fourth week to help me maintain the progress. Each week has had at least one tempo run (usually 3 straight miles around 7:10 a mile) and most of the other miles have all been easy. I have been using a heart rate monitor to help make sure I keep easy days truly easy.
My training over the past couple of years has really stagnated; my times were not improving, and virtually every effort ranged between difficult and miserable. Easy days did not feel easy. Easy and long runs were paced around 8 minutes/mile, but tempo runs could not get much below 7:30. I knew enough to understand that there should be a bigger discrepancy between those two paces, but could never seem to sort it out. So I pulled out the chest strap that came with my Garmin Forerunner and did some research about heart rate training.
Hello, I have a question that I've been pondering and am wandering if anyone might have some insight. The question is: in training for a half-IM, are there any benchmarks or fitness tests one can perform that might give somewhat of an indication as to progress being made? In other words, can any tests give me an idea as to what I might be able to expect in race conditions?
I've been at this for almost two years. Lately I've been experiencing debilitating calf cramps when transitioning from bike to run. I suspect there's something off in my form on the ride, but I don't know what. Has anyone had this? What did you do to correct it?