Sunday, August 29, 2010

It's Ironman, not the Tour de France

Ironman = 1 day, biggest stress level you can tolerate for a single day.

Tour de France = 23 days, (2 rest days), biggest stress level you can tolerate on a daily basis.

I see many athletes training for Ironman like it's the Tour de France, training hard day after day. The goal in Ironman is to produce a performance on single day, when rested. The Tour de France goal is to produce a performance on many days, when tired. Notice the difference? Your training should reflect this difference as well.

In short, if you're preparing for Ironman, QUIT TRAINING FOR THE TOUR DE FRANCE! It's Ironman, not the Tour.

Coach Vance


Steve Stenzel said...

Nice! Love this!! ;)

Sara Cox Landolt said...

Aaahhh, very nice. :-)

Matthew said...

Sounds like a purplepatch quote;).

Jim Vance said...

Actually, a quote from me. But I do agree with a lot of the same philosophies Matt Dixon follows. Most coaches say much of the same thing, it's just how we say it that matters.