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I was reminded of this as I’m contemplating the ramp up to a training schedule that will feature, all intensity, all the time in January…Short and Fast.
I’ve done ‘fast’ during the Base period before…primarily on the bike, riding with _really_ fast groups…like ‘averaging’ 25-26MPH…and saw great fitness gains as a result.
This will be the first season with an ‘only’ fast protocol…my schedule for the first 14 weeks of the year.
The interesting thing to me will be how I recover between workouts…that is the ability to go ‘fast’, day after day. I’ve seen that after big workouts, I’m generally stiffest 2 days after the workout…so back to back to back ‘fast’ workouts will be intriguing.
The balancing act, as with any training, is to figure out if you’re pushing ‘too’ hard…and then wear down or break something…or stressing the body just enough to allowing it to recover, get stronger, and then push to the next level.
Nothing like wading in, and just making it happen. Do or do not. There is no try.