Posted: 21/01/2015 at 13:34
I hear ya TD and RR. Deffo agree that normal training in a hilly area won't cut it. It'll improve my all round game a little, but you're right I need something specific for the quads. The track session will give something extra, My quads do feel trashed today which is a sign that I'm working them harder than usual. Fortnightly clearly isn't enough so am going to try to do it weekly. Just don't really want it to impact my 10-12 mile tempo run on a Thursday.
Finding a workout that fits in with my training for the uphill sprits is OK. I have a route that has a very long upfill. With lampposts along the way. Can do fartlek type training for the uphills, knock out 8-10 reps over a couple of km.
The downhill is a little more Tricky (excuse the name drop) - sprinting flat out down hill scares the bejesus out of me. The best I am managing is a kind of tempo effort (7 min mile pace) down steep Highgate West Hill (1km) which flattens/gradual downhill out and I have just over a mile at marathon / 6.45 pace. All that session is doing really, is training me not to fear the downhills, but I've a little way to go in that department.
The Club LSR is quite good and imitates Boston a bit, fast gradual downhill for the first bit, flat and then fairly big uphills going back (a different route through Hampstead)
TD you're flexin' in that piccy!