Talking about the 80-20, periodization, and principles of threshold or polarized training can be both confusing and up for debate. We’ve had a lot of experts on talking about these training options, but what it boils down to is that what will work for you in your training depends on a) your goals, b) the reality of your personal situation (i.e do you have a lot of time for base miles?) and c) how hard you’re willing to go (you’ll hear in this episode an argument that a lot of talented people just aren’t great at going THAT hard.)
So it’s a pretty interesting topic, and longtime coach Steve Neal and Peter discuss in this episode (and Peter and I break it down a bunch in the intro as well). It was a pretty enlightening one for me!
Click to listen: Threshold vs. Polarized Training – Steve Neal
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About Molly Hurford
Molly Hurford is a journalist in love with all things cycling, running, nutrition and movement-related. When not outside, she’s writing about being outside and healthy habits of athletes and interviewing world-class athletes and scientists for The Consummate Athlete. She’s the author of multiple books and her most recent project, Shred Girls, is a young adult fiction series and online community focused on getting girls excited about bikes. She also writes regularly for publications including Bicycling magazine, Outside, Map My Run, and Nylon. Molly is a little obsessed with getting people—especially women—psyched on adventure and being outside, and she regularly hosts talks and runs clinics for cyclists and teaches yoga online and IRL… And in her spare time, the former Ironman triathlete and cyclist now spends time racing ultra-runs on trails. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @mollyjhurford
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