Stop Collecting Junk Miles.

“A junk mile is only junk if it doesn’t have a purpose in your training.” – Mario Fraioli of Competitor Magazine. Once upon a time, I thought to myself, “I got this whole running thing figured out. The more I do it, the faster I go.”  This bold claim strikes a contradictory chord with the often used and incredibly astute quote: “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know” – Albert Einstein. It was in the hot summer days of Missouri (Read: Misery) between my Junior and Senior years of college running that I reconsidered my initial assertion.  It was during this time that I pursued 100+ miles a week of running with seemingly no purpose or reasoning…

Power Versus Stamina in Triathlon Training

Being an endurance athlete for over half of my life, I can safely say I’ve trained the majority of those years the wrong way. I thought, ”I’m an endurance runner so I need solid endurance.”  What I had no knowledge of was the need for stamina … and even more importantly … the need for power. Don’t confuse stamina with endurance.   Endurance is the ability to go as long as possible at whatever pace necessary to achieve said longevity. Stamina, on the other hand, is the percentage of threshold power you can maintain during your expected race time.   For example, if your goal for a half ironman is to complete the bike leg in two and half hours, stamina would be the…

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