am) Kerrie and I met for a MAF test this morning. And the good news is that she is not even near where she was 4 weeks ago. This is critical in her peaking again for Kona. Our physiology only allows 2, 3 if you're real lucky, peaks per year. In order to do this you need to build back from a lower point of fitness than your previous peak. Athletes sometimes try to hold a high amount of fitness for too long of a period of time which causes a plateau in fitness. Part of the argument for not doing "speed" work early in a program is that you tap your potential too early.. then you can't hold it.. then it actually drops as you near your race. Kerrie took a 2 week break from serious training which also going to allow her motivation to stay elevated for the build towards Kona. Her MAF fitness is going to return very quickly (I have to clean her entire house if it doesn't) and her peak for Kona will be much higher because she is starting her training much fitter than her previous starting point.
As for me, I am ready to start the next phase of training. I ran just 1 mile at MAF after 4 mile warm-up. The first 400 was in 1:21/ MAX HR 132. 800 in 2:45/ MAX HR 140. The mile was 5:40 with a MAX HR of 143. This didn't feel easy because my legs are trashed, but I also think my LT is terrible right now- a product of MAF only training (I am running at a higher percentage of my LT when I'm at MAF because my LT is lower- one flaw in the MAF methodology is that it doesn't take in to account an individuals lactate threshold). If I was an Ironman then I would be plenty pleased, but for the marathon (and my goal time) LT is critical. I also need to spend the next ~7 weeks working on my top end speed with 100, 200, and 300m repetitions at my 1 mile race effort. In order for me to hold my goal marathon pace I need a certain level of top end speed because a marathoner can only hold a certain percentage of his max. If my PR in the mile was 5:30 then it would be impossible for me to hold 5:30 pace for 26 miles.. .or even 5:40 or 5:50 pace.
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