9 Things Endurance Athletes Need to Stop Doing
September 17, 2014 | By Jim Vance
"There is a lot that goes with endurance sports training. From the training itself to proper nutrition, good sleep and other aspects, the list of things to be done seems endless. However, there are also things you may be doing that are detrimental to your success. The following 10 (i took out one, making it 9 now) items are...
1. Stop Ignoring Recovery.
What you eat, how much you sleep, it all affects you. The intensity you go on easy workouts is also vital. Without recovery, there is no training. The formula for training is Training = Stress + Recovery. If athletes only do the stress part, the adaptations won’t happen, or will soon stop. Yet, we all know an athlete that says, “I’m just going easy today,” and doesn’t really mean it. Don’t be the athlete who trains hard, but then eats a bunch of junk food and yet wonders why they can’t get any faster.
2. Stop Sabotaging Your Training.
When life gets stressful, skipping workouts because you're not in the mood only brings about more stress and frustration with training and lack of results. Training is your escape, keep it that way. Skipping that transition run because you think you're too tired, is a missed opportunity to build confidence with a great run, or to learn to better pace your bike. So many of us value performances in our lives, and to not give yourself the best chance to perform, just sabotages your efforts and investment.
3. Stop Ignoring your Diet and Weight
What you eat affects your recovery. (See #1).
4. Stop Obsessing About Volume
If it really mattered, the athlete who did the most volume would win every race. Ultraman competitors would be the best Ironman and sprint racers. Tour de France winners would win the single-day races. It's about the quality of training you do, not how much training you do.
5. Stop Doing the Same Thing Over and Over
The body responds best to variance in training. If you've been doing the same things over and over for years, and aren't happy with the results, or seem stuck at a plateau, it's time to address the real issue, your training.
6. Stop Ignoring Your Warm-ups and Cool-downs for Your Workouts and Races
The older you are, and the higher your goals, the more they matter. It's like sabotage. (See #2) Research shows these help greatly with performance and recovery, so make it a priority.
7. Stop Ignoring Technology in Your Training
You use technology in nearly every aspect of your life, from your iPhone/Android to your laptop and software at your job or at home. Why is it so hard to believe power and pace data can help your training and racing on a daily basis? (See #2). If you’re not willing to learn how to use these tools, how committed are you to your goals if you know they can help? If you’re afraid the data might tell you something you don’t want to hear, then see #2.
8. Stop Thinking you Need a Faster/Newer/Better Bike
You need to get training right. (See #1 through #7).
9. Stop Being Negative With Yourself
There is nothing anyone or any coach can tell you that will supersede what you say to yourself. If you don't think positively when you toe that start line, the result is pretty much already determined.