29 Apr '14, 11am

4-time Ironman world champ @chrissiesmiles on training philosophies & training by HRM/cadence: htt…

4-time Ironman world champ @chrissiesmiles on training philosophies & training by HRM/cadence: htt…

Choosing a training philosophy and supporting gadgets is highly individual. I’m a ‘back to basics’ person: winning my first Ironman on a road bike with regular wheels, no aero helmet, HR monitor or power meter. I used ‘pace’ to guide my training, especially for the swim and run (GPS watch), but my general motto is ‘keep it simple’. Others disagree and worship data deities. I think the answer lies in between being ‘technologically naked’ and being a slave to every gadget. Let’s first consider heart rate (HR) and the limitations. On a rollercoaster your HR will climb near its max. Are you working flat-out? No, it’s just that your sympathetic nervous system is highly stimulated. And the same goes for a race. HR is affected by factors besides exercise intensity, such as diet, stress, clothing, hydration, external temp, wind direction… Monitors cannot perceive and internalise t...

Full article: http://www.220triathlon.com/training/run/chrissie-w-on-tr...

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