Do you ever look back over old training logs or race plans and ponder, “What the heck was I thinking?”. I often do.
I ran cross country from 2nd grade all the way through high school and while in New York for college I was bitten by the long-distance running bug. I ran my first marathon during my junior year at Barnard and I was hooked. Upon graduating, I moved to Brooklyn to live with my sister, Mary. We were minutes away from beautiful Prospect Park, which turned out to be a blessing and a curse. The park had a main road that wound around the interior of the park with several trails and cut-throughs that provided quite a few distance options for a runner. You could also run along the perimeter of the park and “visit” the different neighborhoods adjacent to the park.
I remember doing endless laps and loops in the park as I trained for my next 15+ marathons. (I know. I had a problem.) When I think about HOW I ran those loops and laps… I am baffled. Every time I went to the park my intention was to cover X distance faster than I had the day, week or month before. I was constantly trying to outdo myself and PR this loop or that loop. There were no levels to my training: no specific speed work, no tempo runs and no recovery days. As you can imagine it didn’t take long for me to get injured and I dealt with everything from plantar fasciitis to debilitating IT band pain that finally sidelined me.
Luckily a few years later when I began competing in triathlons, I started working with a coach who believed in heart rate training. While at first I was skeptical, I eventually acquiesced, gave into her way of thinking, and the results followed. It’s funny because even though my volume was way down, I was taking more days off from running, and the intensity of my workouts varied wildly, I had never run better. 90 mile weeks weren’t the answer and racing myself daily certainly wasn’t the answer either.
As an athlete and a coach I am a huge believer in zone training. Before I work with any athlete we do several tests to determine their bike and run zones based off of their lactate threshold. (I always have to tell runners “This is going to be very different. Not everyone can handle it, but if you trust the process, results will follow.”) Not being a fan of traditional lactate threshold tests (too much blood), I administer and assign tests that approximate an athlete’s lactate threshold. These tests have proven to be very accurate when corroborated with race data or a traditional LT test, but real world data is always best. I’m happy to say with the world’s first prickless lactate threshold sensor from BSX there is no reason for any more guesswork or any more blood! I can determine and confirm my (or anyone’s) LT with a simple little sensor.
Over the past several months I’ve been using the multisport device from BSX and I have taken several tests. The assessment, which you take using an app on your smartphone while wearing the BSX device in a calf sleeve, could not be easier. After personal experience with it, I’ve been able to see my progress over the course of the season and I love how the device helps me confirm or adjust my zones.
I am a huge advocate for zone training and the most important number to know is your lactate threshold. BSX can tell you that without guessing and without the pricks. I highly recommend it; I wouldn’t give mine up for the world.
Do you live near Richmond or D.C. and want to take the guesswork out of our training? Contact me. I’d love to do a BSX LT assessment with you.
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