This video on endurance training (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ7alNd1oRo) explains the logic behind my endurance training methodology. And why my pre-season training appears to take only two months to prepare for a 4000-8000km tour season.
I’m also going to explain why blood donation is good for super endurance athletes like expedition class racers that do typically 300-800km per race.
Your body naturally creates new red blood cells during a regeneration period after donating blood.
Because the body treats the regeneration of lost blood as a recovery from injury, it accelerates production of tissue and cells as compensation to make up for for any potential diminished function during recovery.
Your body generates these new tissue cells in response to the functional expectations of your conditions of athletic performance you train it for.
So when you engage in endurance training like my ritual long slow distance (LSD) training it compensates during the regeneration of blood volume with more red blood cells, and accelerated musculoskeletal and cardiovascular infrastructure (blood vessel) growth to adapt to the conditions it is required to function in.
So when you engage in training during the regeneration window (of two months for me personally) after blood donation, your body is naturally conditioning itself for the specific operational functions you are training for with the required blood composition, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular infrastructure to support oxygenation and energy transmission expected of it to function in such race conditions.
The physiological infrastructure developed stays with you as long as you continue to train. However the body is still an organic machine that has it’s natural biological and mechanical limits, it needs to rest eventually, which is why you see me totally stop training for a total rest and recovery break every post season. At the end of every post season break I assess what my current baseline is at that time and plan my pre-season accordingly.
Nature has it’s way of handling everything, you have to understand it and work with it. Don’t fight it or abuse it. Keep building on it.
It took me years to develop the physiological infrastructure to compete at expedition class. That base line means I have a specific physiological starting point that is unique to my body. That’s why my pre-season is two months.
You have your own unique base line, you have to train according to what level your body is functioning at and train for the specific functions you want your body to perform. Take the time to understand your own body and how it responds to training and development. Own your training and make it yours. Do what works for you!
It is better to train alone at your level and push for a higher level than it is to train down with training partners that function below your performance level and compromise on development. That’s why you see elite athletes train individually if they are not training with others of the same standard.
It is ok to be peerless in training if you want to be peerless in competition.
When I’m back home in the off season, I train alone, and I love it. No distractions. Just pure focus on developing for my specific goals.
When I link up with my team in pre-race we train together because we are peers in standard and cause.
There is less difference between training individually at home and as a team with other expedition class racers of our level, than there is training down with a group of amateurs.
That’s why you might see me train groups of amateurs but I don’t actually train with them. It is a totally different standard and cause than when I train myself for competition. I train them to achieve their goals at their own pace of development and make them set their own standards and goals, I never impose my own standards on them because it is and must be about all them not about me. When I train myself it is and must be all about me and my team’s goals.