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Friday, May 20, 2005

Nordberg's training just before the Nordic Champs


Anders Nordberg wrote about his training for the 9 days leading up to the Nordic Champs. I'm not going to translate the whole thing, but I'll write about what he wrote.

Nordberg is doing a lot of training in those 9 days. He's doing about 18 hours. That's a lot of time. But, keep in mind that it isn't all running.

About 4 of the 18 hours is strength training.

About 3 hours is on a bike trainer.

About 7 hours is easy running on trails and in the forest (it includes 2 sessions of easy technique work).

I was struck by how easy Nordberg's "easy" training is. For his easy sessions his average heart rate is about 100 when running and about 90 when using the bike trainer. Of course, you can't be sure how easy that is unless you know his maximum and threshold heart rates. But, it certainly is very easy.

As I look at different training logs, it strikes me that -- and this is a broad generalization, subject to all sorts of error -- a characteristic of a lot of Norwegian training is that it is very easy. In contrast, the Swedes -- and again this is a broad generalization -- seem to train less, but train harder.

posted by Michael | 6:40 PM


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