| Transitions: A Time for Recovery
Transition is a topic usually left for the few minutes at the end of a long discussion about periodization. By definition the word means passage from one condition to another. For an athlete the shift from training to racing can be one transition and another can be racing to training. As the seasons come and go, whether talking about actual spring to summer, mountain bike to cyclocross or build phase to peak phase, a transition is involved. From a training standpoint the transition needs recovery built in for future improvement.
Recovery is another topic usually left as assumed to be understood. By definition recovery means to regain health. Training is supposed to be a healthy way to live, right? So, why would there be a need to regain that health?...[ read full article ]
| Physiology Word of the Month
Use this word in a sentence this month
Crossover concept-The concept that as exercise intensity increases, at some point carbohydrate rather than fat becomes the predominant fuel for muscle contraction.
This graph depicts how the concept looks. By improving your metabolic efficiency, the ability to do more work with fat, you effectively shift the point closer to the right side. The change results in less of a need to feed during exercise and results in fewer digestive issues.
Question: I believe I had a great spring/summer of training and as the fall and winter approach I'm worried about loosing all this fitness. What can I do to continue on this path and have continued gains next year?
Answer: The product of training done in a structured focus means that there are times of large training and times of little training. To find gains from season to season, year to year, a balance of the training needs to have both. Said another way, you can't continue to increase the workload all year long and expect to improve for the next year.
The need to build in less work or recovery is an essential ingredient to produce the intended result of yearly improvement. The article in this newsletter Transitions: A Time for Recovery outlines this aspect. This is also a great time to start a food journal.
Once the recovery phase is complete you will be more than prepared to begin the base/build phases for your improved performances the next year. These 3 articles discuss this periodization (Part 1/Part 2/ Part 3).
Best of luck!
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