Posted: 17/10/2014 at 22:00
I can see where you're coming from Ric, and I've always picked up a general undercurrent from you that you don't like the way I train or go about things. I can see that people take their time to offer tips, and feel affronted by a perceived ignoring of them.
However, when you take a coach on, from a position of admittedly knowing jack sh!t, you follow their advice to the letter. And doing that saw me go from thinking I was finished improvement wise in 2010, to reaching another gear or 2 with many a pb.
Also, you need to remember this thread was not set up like the Middle Ground thread, a "collaboration for improvement". It was specifically set up as a coaching thread, one that many early threadsters gained a lot out of.
The group we have now are a bit different, but definitely in the early years, many a lurker took tips from the schedules. I know this as many PMd me!
Armed with the 4 years of coaching that Moraghan provided generously for me, I now know what makes me feel fit, so have a better understanding of what it takes. Also shown through coaching Lit.
I'm always interested to see how others train, but they are individual. I can't train like Dean does, such intensity would ruin me, I've taken knocks the last 2 summers with the higher intensity stuff. Similarly, I love a tempo, but Dachs does epic level tempos. And I'm not talking in just paces, I wouldn't be able to do them respective to my own paces. Similarly with Johnas' epic Thresholds and so on.
To pb now, I know I need a good block of dedicated training, but also know that pb versus breakdown can be a very fine line.
You also need to factor in I like to actually run a good 60+ miles anyway, it's not just about pbs.
I think I'd soon get sick of say 25miles a week, 2x intense reps sessions. If you're not enjoying it you won't stick with it.