Category Archives: Training

Running more miles relates to faster races for some, but not more injuries

Following twitter I often read arm chair experts draw erroneous conclusions on many studies, so I was not surprised to read world-renowned armchair physiologist Alan Couzans conclude that a recent study by Fokkema et al. supported the notion that high volume is the secret to fast performance. Why? Because Alan’s...
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Everesting at Altitude: Does it matter?

On June 20, 2020, EF Education pro Lachlan Morton set a new Everest Challenge Record a time of 7 hours, 29 minutes and 57 seconds, https://everesting.cc/ less than a week after his first attempt was nullified due to incorrect altitude data; tip: if you need precise altitude data, do not...
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Revisiting Training and Racing at Altitude

Long-time followers may recall an article I wrote way back in 2004 titled, the Altitude Applecart. No article before or since has seemed to garnered as much impact as that one did for no particular reason, I suppose. However, like so many things, altitude performance was and still is an area...
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Metabolic efficiency: More smoke and mirrors coaching

ESP Tipcast 89: Clearing the smoke and breaking the mirrors on Metabolic Efficiency This article first appeared July 1, 2016. The article is republished here with a brief addition near the end (BLUE TEXT) The fitness and nutrition market is driven by sexy new terms and training methods. Few have garnered more...
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Home Testing Ideas

In my recent Tipcast I discussed using the current lock down for COVID-19 to conduct your own research projects. The following short article offers ideas and methods for some easy at home tests. Sweat Rate: This one is pretty easy, but takes several tests to get a good average. It’s...
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Repurposed running shoes: how to make your own “rock plate”

I published this article in 2015, but this is a good time to revisit it. A good trail running shoe needs two essential characteristics: stability and traction. Obviously there are other features that you may throw out there like cushioning, durable and/or water proof exterior, and protection. However, what I typically find...
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