I came across an article recently proclaiming that a new study had found a way of getting the same gains from less training. I normally flick on past these articles because they’re usually a load of
boll%x rubbish but this one had been tweeted by former pro Ironman athlete and top ten Kona finisher Paul Huddle.
I’ve worked with Paul at Ironman 70.3 Dublin for a couple of years and I’d heard him being interviewed before on the Legends of Triathlon Podcast. He was quite entertaining and also not someone who struck me as being the type who looked for shortcuts or was afraid of hard work so I clicked in to check it out.
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Sure enough the study found that you could get the same gains in strength with less training, it wasn’t just click bait. Still, I found myself mentally arguing against it. Why would I want to train less? I do Ironman in large part because I love the training. Lots of training. All the time. Just ask Asho…
There was also a part of me thinking that short cutting the process and getting faster results sounds appealing. But not appealing enough to shorten my training sessions to try it out.
What the fuck would I do with all of the time left over? Normally extra time is filled with extra training. What a dilemma…
So I think that like most of these “magic bullet” solutions they will not suit me. Maybe I’m just not clever enough to do things the smart or fast way. Or maybe the right way to do things is just to do the work and stop looking for shortcuts…
If you want to have a read of the article in question you can find it here
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