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Polarized training

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25 May
2:22pm, 25 May 2021
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I found that post incredibly helpful Canute. Thank you.
10 Jun
11:30am, 10 Jun 2021
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Canute - have you seen V'raps blog (today) on "Old people running very fast"? M65 17.11 5k on the road taking Ed Whitlock's 17.23 record...

It would seem to be this guy here Have you come across him before and if so how does his training compare to Ed Whitlock/Gene Dykes?
13 Jun
2:54pm, 13 Jun 2021
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Chrisull, thanks for the link. I had not previously been aware of him. I note that prior to the World Masters Championships in 2018 his weekly schedule was one long run; 2 speed sessions; other days were steady running. Around 50 miles a week. It would be interesting to know how fast he ran during the steady running.

It seems clear that he made great advances after he increased the intensity of his training, similarly to Greg Dykes.

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Polarised training is a form of training that places emphasis on the two extremes of intensity. There is a large amount of low intensity training (comfortably below lactate threshold) and an appreciable minority of high intensity training (above LT).

Polarised training does also include some training near lactate threshold, but the amount of threshold training is modest, in contrast to the relatively high proportion of threshold running that is popular among some recreational runners.

Polarised training is not new. It has been used for many years by many elites and some recreational runners. However, it has attracted great interest in recent years for two reasons.

First, detailed reviews of the training of many elite endurance athletes confirms that they employ a polarised approach (typically 80% low intensity, 10% threshold and 10% high intensity. )

Secondly, several scientific studies have demonstrated that for well trained athletes who have reached a plateau of performance, polarised training produces greater gains in fitness and performance, than other forms of training such as threshold training on the one hand, or high volume, low intensity training on the other.

Much of the this evidence was reviewed by Stephen Seiler in a lecture delivered in Paris in 2013 .

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