From Day 1 my motto has been, "if horses use treadmills, why shouldn't humans?", yeah not so much. But if you follow me on Twitter or are a follower of the blog you know that the treadmill training has been a topic of discussion for a while. The key thing for me is two-fold; one I travel a decent amount for work & workout at very odd hours frequently. Secondly, I live in an uber flat suburb of Chicago which unfortunately does not offer me much in the way of elevation. So I have been working towards creating new ways to get my climbing work in, in preparation for 2 focus races this year, Leadville & Miwok.
Today a fellow road warrior Scott Jamie, weighed in on the subject via his blog Team Fast Eddy. Read his post on treadmill workouts & his most recent 50k recap; great training strategy & fueling info, I found this incredibly beneficial. Now obviously, Scott is just simply a much faster & skilled runner than I am but these but these two different tactics Scott discusses can be applied equally for those training at any pace, distance, etc. A couple key takeaways for me here: 1) the speed, I need to greatly improve the speed of my workouts. even if I need to sacrifice mileage for quality or intensity that is well worth it & needed. 2) the building style work-out exuded here is an excellent preparatory work-out for the eventual goal of completing the Anita Ortiz work-out(s). Scott works towards LT at the peak of the work-out which will certain help build towards more sustained efforts at higher % inclines as needed to complete the Anita Ortiz or "Pikes Peak" work-out. An example of where I'm currently at today:
* 1 mile w/u @ 5.5 mph
* .25 mile @ 5% @ 5.0 mph
* .25 mile @ 6% @ 5.0 mph
* .25 mile @ 7% @ 5.0 mph
* .25 mile @ 8% @ 5.0 mph
* .25 mile @ 9% @ 5.0 mph
* .25 mile @ 10% @ 5.0 mph
* 1 mile c/d @ 5.5 mph @ 4% ** repeated x4 for 1.0 mile at each level
Obviously a long ways to go for Anita or Scott-style workouts; but there are clearly lots of tactics & it is undoubtedly a quality way to tax the legs in a climbing format. I also must note; for some reason I am the worlds slowest treadmill runner, don't know what is up with that, but I just run extremely slow, will improve this great very soon, so stay tuned. Please comment if you have any other ideas, comments, questions.
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