The Advantages of Limitations
The basic concept is very simplistic. If the volume of training is limited, optimising the other elements of training for performance is the new ideal. There are no hard and fast rules to say exactly how this is best achieved. Instead, there are some guidelines which work well across large groups of athletes. Unfortunately these guidelines do not always work for the individual. Much like using formulae to predict maximum heart rates (is accurate across 1000 people, but can be 30 beats off for the individual). For myself I have the knowledge and experience to know what these guidelines are, plus the added value of a few years of training to further cement what has worked and what hasn't for me.
In this post I am not going to getting into the nuts and bolts of how I plan to optimise my training. That is for a later post. Instead, I'll provide a list of the further elements of training (other than volume alone) that contribute to performance.
- Efficient and productive technique
- Strong and stable core
- Racing skills - transitions, ability to lift the intensity when needed
- Fatigue resistance
- Highest possible VO2
- Highest possible work rate / threshold speeds
- Mental skills