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The Waiting Game: When To Take On Ironman: Illustration by Hunter King.Defining and recognizing the right time t...

The Waiting Game: When To Take On Ironman: Illustration by Hunter King.Defining and recognizing the right time t...

There are two ways of measuring sustained speed that Strauss believes are fundamental to success in triathlons of all distances. He likes to see his athletes work on improving these two metrics as much as they can through moderately high to high-intensity training and short-course racing before they go long. The first metric is functional threshold power (FTP), which is the average wattage an athlete can sustain through a one-hour time trial on the bike. The second metric is called a VDOT score, which is associated with one’s best times in various standard-distance running events and is an approximate stand-in for VO2max. Strauss believes that a triathlete who trains to increase these performance markers—FTP for cycling and VDOT for running—as high as possible has set himself up well for a successful transition to Ironman racing because the physiological underpinnings of p...

Full article: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2012/10/training/the-wait...

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