Alternating Days vs. Bricks?

Alternating Days vs. Bricks?

Post by Paul Gatk » Tue, 31 Aug 1993 09:08:34


I started doing run/bike on alternate days instead of doing about 5 bricks per
week as I'd been doing all season. When I did the 5 bricks per week a few
would be with no rest between event, but most more am/pm workouts.

I find this new alternate day routine much harder than doing double
workouts! I'm looking for opinions on whether this extra perceived
difficulty in training should translate into better performances in
biathlons, or, is it just a less effective technique that will wear me down
and out?

I expect to find some of these answers from personal experience sooner or
later, but I'd welcome feedback from others that have gone through similar
training situations.

It's very tempting to switch back to bricks, but I keep on thinking that
that easier training method will not prove as fruitful come October when I
have a biathlon scheduled for every weekend.

Email or newsgroup posts are fine.


 
 
 

Alternating Days vs. Bricks?

Post by Matt Mahon » Wed, 01 Sep 1993 00:19:26

Quote:

>I find this new alternate day routine much harder than doing double
>workouts!

Any change to your routine will be hard.  You improve only when
you make an effort.

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Alternating Days vs. Bricks?

Post by Matt Mahon » Wed, 01 Sep 1993 00:45:47

I ran, I biked, I ran.  You don't really want to know my time, do you?

I really didn't take the race seriously, doing a hard 60 mile training
ride in the morning before the 6:00 PM race.  I wasn't even sure I could
run since I had been limping ever since the Pike's Peak Marathon last week.
During the 8000 foot descent I got blisters on my heels the size
of half dollars.  The left one broke open, and the skin grew back hard
and cracked, and every step produced a sharp pain in my heel, prompting
me to walk on my toes for the next week.

But I ran OK, as the endorphins blocked the pain after the first mile
of the 3 mile run.  Early in the 14 mile bike, a group of 4 bikes
passed me so fast I thought I would never see them again, but they
slowed down 50 feet ahead of me.  I yelled "Hey, no drafting" but
they ignored me and picked up another 4 riders over the course.  I
stayed back the required 3 bike lengths, getting a legal draft.

I was so mad that I passed every one of them in the final one mile
run.  Revenge was sweet, but not for long, as I left the award
ceremony empty handed, even though I finished 18'th overall and would have
won Masters in 2 years (he was one of the guys drafting).  Joan
missed her goal of getting to the second transition before I finished
the race, but it was good enough for her to win her age group and win
the Deland Duathlon Series Masters Championship shirt.

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Alternating Days vs. Bricks?

Post by Paul Gatk » Wed, 01 Sep 1993 02:23:21


Quote:

>>I find this new alternate day routine much harder than doing double
>>workouts!
>Any change to your routine will be hard.  You improve only when
>you make an effort.

 So you think that it is a good idea to do these alternating day workouts
as opposed to bricks, _because_ they are harder and more tiring? This
effect indicates that I am making gains that I wasn't making by doing the
bricks because I had become accustomed to doing them?

 I guess this makes sense!?