Please Dr. Morton can you clarify something for me? My understanding is that all the studies on training glycogen depleted involved a study group and a control group that did the same volume of exercise. Have there been any studies that have compared glycogen depleted training to a glycogen rich training regime of a higher volume? The rerason why I ask is that I used to not fuel my training properly and I struggled to break 3 hours for a marathon. At the same time I used to do my long runs and sleep most of the afternoon. After I started to fuel properly and eat properly before and after training I found I could cope with much higher training loads (and mow the lawn in the afternoon) and also the quality of training was higher too. The result was that I very quickly went to around 2.45 marathon times and eventually did 2.41.11 at the age of 53. At the moment I don't buy into the glycogen depleted training idea because I don't work off a fixed volume of training. I will train as much as my body will take and I'm sure this is the case for many of your readers. If these studies have not been done there is a huge hole in our knowledge which does not address natural human behaviour in the real world when it comes to an athlete that wants to do their very best. Regards Henry Szwinto, New Forest Runners
Hi Alex, The Precision Pulse App is basically a heart rate monitor for your phone which you can use in everyday training. The Ithlete Heart Rate Variability App is the one you use to measure how well recovered you are from your previous days training and it is this one that you use as a guide when planning your next sessions. It has been some time since I posted my original reply but I am still using the Ithlete and I still find it is prety reliable. Simon (the guy who invented it) has been very helpful and he helped me understand a series of unusual readings. Sometimes it is only confirming how I feel but it's hard to say no to your training buddies and there are times when you should say no and rest. The Ithlete helps you make the right decision.
Hi, The statement is probably not worded very well and probably has no real substance but I know people who use gels for the first time in a marathon without trying them in training or other races. Different gels tend to need different ammounts of water to go with them and if you get it wrong you can get stomach cramps and an unscheduled stop in the loo. With stomach cramps you won't be absorbing much at the time. All brands are a bit different including some with fructose and some without and some people simply don't get on with 1 brand but are OK with another.
It just seems common sense to experiment a long time before race day.
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Paula is absolutely right about the world record situation. To extend the logic you would have to insist that any junior records are only recorded with juniors racing otherwise a 17 year old could be assisted by a senior male. That immediately makes a mockery of all road races world wide and all age group and gender records. In any case Paula did not recieve an unfair advantage. Any woman that day could have joined Paula behind the pacer or in any other marathon the women could have recruited a male to pace them at that speed. The truth was that none of them were ever capable of running at that pace. Henry