I remember reading at some point a technique called Crash Training. The gist is you increase volume and/or intensity a whole lot for about a week, then rest hard for a week. The outcome, if you don’t injure yourself, is supposed to be supercompensation. Big stress, big rest, then faster-stronger athlete. Not a technique to be used frequently, but if done well can be very effective.
Why do I bring this up? Well, that’s what I’ve tried to do this past week. After racing Saturday, March 25th, I launched into 8 big days. Wait. OK, I did take Friday off, but I needed it. In the end, I had about 17 hours of training time last week with almost 10 of it being done last Saturday and Sunday. Doing this a week out from Powerman Alabama has it’s risks, but I felt ready and even felt fairly good through most of it. Tired, sure, but fine. Beautiful weather this past weekend was a big bonus.
Now what? I rest a lot. Because I’m pretty tired now. See? So tired I can barely complete consecutive. Full sentences. Fragments. OK maybe I’m hamming it up a bit, but it was pretty tough getting out of bed this morning. I think I’ll do a short, ez run Tuesday, swim Wednesday and ride Thursday, then off Friday as we drive down to Birmingham. Time will tell if this works out.