Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

30 hour week


Here is a rough translation of bit of an interview with Gjermund Hannsen, a top Norwegian:

How much do you usually train?

I've had some 30 hour weeks -- mostly to set a record for my training diary -- but those are obviously far from the average. In a good year, I put in about 700 hours of training, but when it isn't going as well I get in about 550 hours. It is difficult to break that habit, so I still depend on 10-15 hours a week of running. An advantage of having good training habits is that it is easier to compete when your form is good than when it is bad.

That's a pretty rough translation. I'm almost certain I missed something. But, what I find interesting is the idea of making training a "habit." I went through a stretch a few years ago when training wasn't a habit. I'd get home from work, hang around the house a bit, maybe watch some TV or read, and maybe go for a jog...or maybe not. I'd gotten out of the habit of training.

If you watch my training carefully, you'll see that I do a lot of very short training sessions. Tonight I jogged for 20 minutes (then I mowed the lawn). Sometimes I'll ride a stationary bike for 30 minutes. Those sessions aren't giving me much benefit, except they help me keep the habit of training. (Of course, Hanssen's habit -- running 10-15 hours a week -- is a lot better than my habit of doing at least something most days).

If you can manage Norwegian, check out the entire interview.

posted by Michael | 9:16 PM


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