Those that know me have been waiting for me to get off my duff and produce this manual. It is based on over 2 decades of experience in the endurance world as a trainer, coach and diagnostician, 17 of which was spent providing clinical performance related diagnostics for athletes. Given the depth of experience, suffice to say I had a lot to say on the subject of training. In this manual my goal was to provide, first and foremost an explanation and simplification of our most valuable training asset, heart rate. All else we do in training is “reactive”, we do something and we learn from the consequence. With heart rate training, we are provided on-board “proactive” feedback relative to the way our body is responding to work in real time. In this day and age, technology and ease of availability to capture data relative to our training, such as heart rate, power, distance, speed and elevation, opens a host of opportunity to a savvy athlete.
The study of the cause and effect relationship between our input (heart rate) and output (work) has been a blurry subject for many and often neglected due to the confusion. The target audience for this manual obviously, is the runners but the application is universal and effective in most any training practice once we grasp the fundamental concepts.
So this was my first challenge, to de-mystify this important feedback and give it meaningful application to my clients. No less important, are running mechanics, the ease in which we move through space, feeding and hydration, functional strength and dealing with injuries. All of these elements are covered in this manual.
If you are a runner who has been plagued with injury, or have been frustrated with your inability to break through your plateau’s in performance, this will be an important investment in your training. To learn more, you might wish to visit our site: www.diazhumanperformance.com or tune into our weekly podcast: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-natural-running-network-live
Here you’ll have a chance to listen as we discuss many of the concerns listed above and even call in to chat with us live during our broadcast.