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Speed phase comes to an end

Posted by jcreane@btinternet.com on January 21, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Having completed 4 to 5 weeks of speed work, the phase comes to an end. Now a period of sharpening up to be followed by 3 or 4 races. Have had some tightness and soreness, but have put this down to speed work and not having sufficient recovery time between workouts. I think I need 72 hours to fully recover. 2 days is not enough. It's a case of having to make the right decisions. As the speed work only accounts for a small percentage of my total training it is important not to overdo it. The key for me now is to get to the races fresh and not niggled. Sharpening I will do, but with a cautious eye. Maintaining a strong aerobic base will also be my focus as I believe I personally need this year round. It's just something that is specific to my needs. Physically and mentally it is important and keeps my confidence. I hope I can get through this racing period without problems. Then a couple of easy weeks, before building for the Summer.

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