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Heard of an 80/20?
The idea that often 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes?
With the idea that you then focus your efforts on this 20%
Has anyone ever sat down with this and their training and cut certain things out?
I basically did and it was swimming in the pool.
Don't get me wrong I don't mind swimming, but getting to the pool and back is a real pain. It takes at least an hour of biking and getting changed each way, so 3 hours of my day. The biking is not training. It's through a town on horrible dangerous roads. Another reason it's been cut.
I'm trying to find a better pool, moving house soon which should help.
As a result on not swimming in the pool each day my swimming likely sucks now, but I use stretch cords 3 times a day for 10 minutes and my FTP is up around 20-30w. I reckon this will prove out the theory above. I will be getting back in the pool, but only 3 times a week and only in the 3-4 months leading up to race season.
What do others think?
I'm only now picking up running to go with my riding, so others will chime in with much better advice.........
But, I can't imagine that would work well for Tri sports. I'm a good example. I can drop the shit out of some people on the bike that I could never run with. But, I go out and run.........LOL! I think my first little 5k run a month ago it took me about 30min and that was hurting. Then recently managed one in 26 1/2 min. That's still very very slow versus my riding abilities.
It's because, I spend over 80% of my time on the bike! So I suck at running.
Thatâ€™s not the 80/20 rule though as running is going to fall into the category of contributing to 80% of your race performance. Does those make sense?
What Iâ€™m meaning is, Iâ€™m spending too much time trying to swim lots, when swimming lots only contributes to a small amount of race performance for me.
Yet if I take that wasted time getting the pool I can maximise my bike and run which contribute a greater effect.
I sort of did it this year when I cut the pool and swam in a river by me, I lost 5 mins on my Ironman swim but probably gained double on the bike