Thank you for saying what ive been saying for awhile too---- it think i posted on here that i believe going long is essential. I race oly dist races, and i can divide my season in half by a day in May and a day in August in which i went over 100 miles. Theres no reason to ride over a 100 miles for a 24 mile race, no coach would have recommended it. But im a different athlete because of it. I think a lot of things are individual, including this. If youre a beginner going for a 2 hr ride might be uncharted territory---and for a veteran it might have to take a 9 hr ride to push the boundaries of craziness.
For the last 3 months i havent a day off from training, ive swam, biked or ran. Rest means a 2k swim emphasizing drills or a 60 min spin practicing cadence. And im doing better than ever (just knocked on wood). I've tried rest, ive tried moderation, ive tried being reasonable and following moderation. Now im trying clockwork consistency, periodization, and long hours. Whatya, know im faster now than i was then.
But i totally agree with you, i think Paula (the reason i mention her, is because in one of her articles in triathlete she mentioned how she'd never schedule on any of her athletes a workout session that she went through back in the 80's)and many of those other stars of IM underestimate the effect that going long had on their physiology and development.
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