HARDER NOT ALWAYS BETTER WHEN TRAINING….November 12, 2013
Read an interesting article by Blake (2012)
His research is about cyclists but I believe applies to runners as well.
His study showed that when cyclists effort levels increased, an imbalance occurred. The small stabilizing muscles activity reduced and the power muscles increased.
The more effort exerted the more this imbalance increased!
To counteract this imbalance, important to vary your training with some flat/ fast / high cadence training which was shown to increase the activation of the stabilizing muscles.
So the take home message is that when planning your next training program for marathon/half marathon or charity cycle for every session of high effort/slow cadence/high hills, should be alternated with a lower effort/ fast /flat session.
Keep well and enjoy the ride :-)