ATC 227: Cold’s Effect on Aerobic Training, Fat Burning Then Speed, Daniels’ VDOT Workouts, and More

January 20, 2017


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On this episode of Ask the Coaches:

  • Followup on strapless HRV app: There is on! Check out HRV4TRAINING if interested, which uses the iPhone camera (and does not need a separate heart rate strap).
  • Lucho drools over a fan selling his 2000 Litespeed Saber frame.
  • Is MAF affected by COLD temperatures? Whether freezing temps or temps in the 40s (F) for SoCal folks, can cold weather cause our pace to slow down in order to hold MAF?
  • Swimmer’s ear – “doctor Lucho” shares his remedy.
  • If a swim injury (or swimmer’s ear) has you out of the pool, how to redistribute that training volume if you’re a triathlete? (caution against adding too much extra running too quickly).
  • Are aerobic benefits the same regardless of sportwhen using the same heart rate ranges (i.e. 180 Formula)? Not looking for sport-specific gains, rather, for my general aerobic health.
  • In ATC 222  we basically say, “Metabolic Efficiency Testing is the new MAF… (The testing) is a scientific approach to Maffetone’s principles.” Explaining the philosophy behind this statement.
  • How to interpret ME test results from a super efficient fat burner – is it now time to focus on getting faster and not get overly obsessed with how much fat burning can happen?
  • Using  your Metabolic Efficiency Test to determine HR zones and training needs, being specific to your race goals.
  • Explaining and clarifying some basics of Jack Daniel’s method with real-life application:
    • Intervals should be done at 95-100% of V02MAX or 97-100% of MHR
    • Using VDOT score, what happens if it’s hard to get HR that close to max using the VDOT interval pace, as well as having a hard time getting HR close to Threshold using the VDOT Threshold pace.
    • Good post by Steve Magness on VO2max

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