I say semi-review because I cannot find my article that I wanted to review to include more details but this particular study has shaped the way I think of endurance training. Here is how the study went. They took 10 stud triathletes, 10 stud cyclists, 10 stud swimmers, and 10 stud runners. They had them perform max VO2 testing in each event running, swimming, and cycling a week apart. Although max VO2 does not translate to performance, what it does tell us is about how hard the persons body was working depending on the event. What they found was that each discipline expert had the highest VO2 in that event (cyclists had the best VO2 max of all the athletes in cycling) and that the triathletes had the second best VO2 max of all the other non expert athletes (cyclists>triathletes>runners>swimmers in cycling). Of the VO2 max's the running VO2 was the hardest of all the 3 disciplines. It went running>swimming>cycling. So what we gather is running VO2 max translates to the other disciplines but they do not translate to running. I am putting this theory to the test by using my pre-triathlon season to run a marathon. In the meantime also try to build aerobic endurance/economy in running and see what my bike and swim do as a result. Here is how my week went:
Monday-Run 3 miles easy and kettle bells-legit
Tuesday-Weight training and core
Wednesday-Skipped my run to sleep
Thursday (today)-4 mile run. 4 miles in 38 min. Including busting ass up a hill at about 8:15 pace for 1/2 mile during the last 1/2 mile. NICE. Shorter long run planned for saturday. Small taper for the Surf City 1/2 marathon. Sub 2 hours? hmmm......QUOTE:
Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. ~Edward Stanley
Where is your time spent?