Letters to the Authors: When and How to Test Zones

Dear David W, I'm going to buy your plan for the level 3 half marathon plan. I have a race (in Madrid, Spain) on April 8 which by my calculations will have me starting Dec 31/Jan 1... I had a bike wreck in a triathlon a few months ago that resulted in broken bones,...

Letters to the Authors: Frequency of Hard and Easy Workouts

Hi Matt, I just finished reading your book 80/20 Running. I liked the basic idea and I also have experienced my biggest fitness gains with mostly slow exercising. But I have one question that I did not find an answer - but maybe there was.. As a triathlete I currently...

Letters to the Authors: Falling in Love

Dear David, I think I'm falling in love with my mail carrier. I can't afford all the unnecessary orders I'm making just to have more packages delivered (with signature required!) I need to take this to the next level. How can I ask her out? Sincerely, 1st Class Male...

Letters to the Authors: Trouble Staying in Zone 1 HR

Hi Guys, I am planning buying 80/20 program (not sure in 1/2 marathon or marathon) but I want to prepare myself for it, as I am out of shape to start it now. On my first run after long break I noticed that pace to HR ratio decreased over the course of 5k, where in the...

Mental Strategies for Race Day

When you wake up on race morning, you’re either physically prepared to achieve your goal or you’re not. There is nothing you can do to change your fitness level in the final hours before the gun goes off. Your mind is another matter. Recent science has demonstrated...

Letters to the Authors: Two-a-Days

Hi David, I've recently purchased a 5k plan for trainingpeaks.com It's the level 3 plan, so it contains some days with two sessions: firstly, I was wondering should these, or should they not be run back to back? or is the intention that one would be done early in the...

Letters to the Authors: Power vs. Heart Rate and More

Hi David I am looking at following the 80/20 ironman training plan (probably level 2) and have downloaded the free Ironman plan.  I have a few questions: 1. When cycling I noticed I can keep in zone 1-2 for heart rate but when I analyse I see my power is spread more...