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  1. Evil Guru

    Target CTL

    There is so much that can be played around with and frankly it takes years to fully test how training impacts performance. Just looking at CTL for bike and run as an example. You may be a far better runner and mininimise injuries with a bike CTL of 50 and a run CTL of 30, vs 40:40 split, then again you might not be. Personally as an aging athlete (51), I know I can ride a lot and not get injured but I need to be really careful with my running and how quicly I build. So I can built Total CTL by adding a lot more biking than I can with adding it to running. Does it help performance, this is what needs to be understood and why it takes so long to develop peak performance when traiing 3 discplines.
  2. Evil Guru

    Target CTL

    I had a few other things to do, which included working in Cairo (probably not the best place to ride), travelling to London and then to Inverness to run the Loch Ness marathon, then recovering from that while organising a conference and working 14 hour days, before then flying home on Friday night and arriving on Sunday. (50 hours without any sleep). I'm back into it this week with my 4th ride starting in around 45 minutes.
  3. Evil Guru

    Heart Rate Zones

    An alternative is MAF pace runs, which put you in Zone 2. Look up Phil Maffetone running at MAF pace. Essentially you take your age from 180 to give you MAF pace, so in your case it'd be around 139 bpm. There is some adjustment for injury which reduces it by 2 bpm, or for a well trained athlete and you can add 2 bpm. At 51 it works pretty well for me with a MAF pace of around 131. I'd also suggest that it'd be useful having a clear idea of your threshold HR and pace so Melbourne 10km will be a good opportunity to start to understand this. You should be able to run at threshold for an hour. Obviously fatigue has a major influence. I ran a Marathon 10 days ago and also didn't sleep for over 50 hours from Friday to Sunday (long haul flight). Yesterday I hit a HR of 180 bpm running at 4'30" per km. Normally I'd be at around 155. This is the highest HR that I've hit for as long as I can remember.
  4. Evil Guru

    Target CTL

    Agreed and in my case. 20 years of riding and typically averaging over 9 rides per week over the past 6 months, although 8 of these are a 40 minute commute, with a long ride on the weekend. Very easy to have big TSS weeks with over 250km quite regularly.
  5. Evil Guru

    Target CTL

    Its a great planning tool if you are self coached. Building your CTL in a sensible way, looking at each discipline seperately and monitoring your daily TSB as you work out your plan is really useful for avoiding over training and being too fatigued to be useful at work or home. For instance if my combined TSB drops much below -28 I know I'm going to be quite tired, not great if I have a major project at work or going out with the wife for dinner. Once you've been using it for a while you'll work out what CTL works best for each discipline. For instance if my ride CTL is above 50 then I'll be well setup for a 70.3 ride, I'm in good half marathon form if my run CTL is greater than 35. A CTL of around 20 for swimming also means that I'll be comfortable over a 2 km swim. The biggest problem I have with TP at the moment is the speed at which my CTL drops when I'm travelling on 2 week work trips. My bike CTL dropped from 55 to 33 because I was unable to ride for the past 2 weeks. However, I'm not convinced this is accurate, its simply how the algorithm handles my score, If you want to save money and are mathmatically minded then you can build up an excel spreadsheet to map your own ATL, CTL and TSB. Its also a useful means of building up a program. TP basic will give you a training session TSS even if you are not a premium member. However, for the annual cost I find it easier to simply pay up and let it do the work.
  6. Evil Guru

    Juggling life training

    10 hours is more than I'd normally train for a half. I'm jealous of your swim speed and I suspect 5 hours in good conditions wouldnt' be all that hard. Do it because you love it and because its fun and social. I've been doing this sport for 20 years and I'd much rather do less and have time to drink coffee with mates than hit a certain time. I don't know what your external social life is like, but if its anything like ours its damn near impossible to catch up with non sport related friends who have similiar age kids, we are all off doing a multitude of things. I tried to organise a catchup and we ended up some time in November. However, its the week to week training with mates (and the wife) and the occassional club social night that keeps me happy. Its also about being fit and well and having the energy to do things with the family. If you didn't do this you could certainly focus on a single sport and spend less time training, but I reckon I'd get bored and injured quickly.
  7. Evil Guru

    HFLC ruined my life......

    Depends on the regime. If its HFLC, then for me its about minimising the risk of insulin resistance, minimising inflammation and being able to enjoy most mid distance training sessions without having to suck down a lot of sports drinks of gels. I also enjoy whole foods and have discovered that I really don't need that many carbs and enjoy eliminating highly processed foods.
  8. Evil Guru

    HFLC ruined my life......

    Coconut oils and adverse health effects. Comprehensive study that ultimately was unable to determine whether increased cardio vascular risks were influenced by coconut oil intake. However in an n=1 study my cholestrol levels have always been far better than average and by eliminating large amounts of sugar I reduce my risk of diabetes which given a family history is of far greater risk than high cholestrol. There have also been a number of recent studies which start to debunk that high cholestrol actually is as bad as we once thought. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4892314/
  9. Evil Guru

    HFLC ruined my life......

    Butter in my coffee is my wakeup drink before training. It adds a few calories and the caffeine wakes me up but also leaves me in a mostly fasted state so my body doesn't immediately switch to burning glycogen and instead relies more on fat for energy. Its actually pretty good once you get used to it. Bit like butter on popcorn.
  10. Evil Guru

    HFLC ruined my life......

    Lots of whole foods. Chia, almond meal, grated coconut and coconut cream for breakfast, nuts for morning tea, meat, veggies for lunch and dinner. Plus butter in my coffee, also a fan of supporting Australia’s wine industry.
  11. Evil Guru

    HFLC ruined my life......

    Cadbury - I don't eat. Arnott’s I don't eat Heinz I don't eat Kellogg’s I don't eat Kraft I don't eat. Coca-Cola I don't eat Nescafé I don't eat Nestlé I don't eat Lindt - yes Sanitarium I don't eat Golden Circle I don't eat Bega Cheese - make some good cheeses SPC I don't eat Edgell I don't eat Uncle Tobys I don't eat Streets I don't eat Kleenex Vegemite I don't eat Dick Smith Foods I don't eat John West I don't eat
  12. Evil Guru

    HFLC ruined my life......

    If you are very low carb then you will be burning ketones and will notice the smell, straight after a session, but it goes away after a shower. If you smell like urine then you aren't eating enough fats and are burning protein which is bad. You'll also find after a long depleting run or ride that for a couple of days you'll smell of ketones when you train, its because your body is deprived of glycogen and burning ketones. The point people seem to be missing is that you don't burn 100% glycogen, you also burn a proportion of fat for fuel, the more fat adapted you can become the more fat you'll burn at different intensitities vs carbohydrates. Given that by nature triathlon is an endurance sport and you can't race at 100% then the more fat you can burn the longer you can go. Its impossible to replace all of the carbohydrates you burn with eating carbohydrates over an extended training session or event, however your body fat will literally last you days. I believe the trick to taking on a HFLC diet is to teach your body how to burn an alternative fuel, do it for a few months, once you've done this you can go back to eating more carbohydrates at selected times such as after intense or long sessions. They call it metabolic flexibility. When racing a longer event, if you can burn fat as a fuel and also supplement with gels etc you'll last longer than an athlete who isn't fat adapted and metabolic flexible. If you are racing for under 2 hours it probably doesn't matter, but in longer events it does. I'd like to see the evidence that high carbohydrate intake doesn't cause inflammation, I've found the reverse and recover far faster on a lower carb and higher fat diet. Its also worth googling insulin resistance, now with a family of diabetes that is scary.
  13. Evil Guru

    Epstien Barrs Virus

    Isn't Epstein Barr the same as Glandular Fever? or at least the virus that presents as GF. I had it in around 2005 picked it up at Sydney City to Surf. Laid me flat for 5-6 weeks, it was quite amazing that at the end of it I came out of a mental haze. It then took me at least 12 months to recover to full capcacity. I started training lightly about 8 weeks after contracting it, but couldn't do any volume for about 12 months. I also noticed a significant shift in threshold HR. Depending on how your feeling an IM is probably not a great idea, as far as giving away triathlon, if you love it why would you give it away. You will recover but it'll take some time and you need to listen to your body. Every so often you'll do too much and then you'll spend the next day in bed.
  14. The Broken Marathon seems simliar to the Long Run down here in June. Essentially it's 7 Parkruns done on different courses throughout a single day. You run the first, drive to the next and repeat. Quite a few will run a couple of extra kms after each so as to clock up 42.2 km in the day. Getting going again is really tough.
  15. Evil Guru

    How would you pace this run?

    Using your garmin set to run pace, you can also use this for motivation on the climbs. I believe its all about maintaining good form and once that drops you are better off throwing in a short walk, form comes back really quick for me within 20 steps. Using Garmin run pace you can chase and maintain your pace, you just need to build up a buffer at the start of each lap/km. Who is TC? I'm really looking forward to giving LNM a crack, although the plan is to run it at training pace and then go for it at Melbourne 3 weeks later.
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