There is more than meets the eye when training to be successful in races. Here are some pointers that you should take a look at.
- A high level of aerobic power (vo2 max)
- A high percentage of their ventilatory threshold relative to VO2max (%VO2max).
- The ability to sustain a high rate of energy expenditure for prolonged periods.
- Good economy of movement
- The ability to use high rates of fat oxidation at race intensities for long-distance events
- The ability to move efficiently at race paces even in a state of fatigue (efficient economy of movement)
- Sufficient anaerobic work capacity to initiate or respond to any changes of intensity.
- The ability to maintain focus and push through perceived discomfort (Psychology).
- The ability to adapt to environmental conditions (e.g. heat and cold stress, altitude).
- Robustness; resilient to injury and illness.
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Article written by the Breakaway Coaching team