“I don’t know if more training would make me faster or too tired to move.”

The title caption words are not my own, but those of 37 year old Amy McGrath of Texas.

Amy is a mother of 5 young children, a school teacher, and bothshe and her husband are avid cyclists and triathletes. Amy racedat Kona last month, and placed 2nd in her age group, with a time of 10hr35min…

With a very limited amount of time to train, Amy enjoys M2’s concise and focused workouts, as well as the variety that helps to keep things interesting. Her tools are a computrainer and a treadmill set up in the garage – next year she promises to get a powermeter.

Amy’s longest training week was shy of 15 hours…

Certainly Amy is a talented athlete, but competed against the best of her peers in Kona, at a distance that is grueling, and under conditions that are most adverse, Amy excels with training hours that are scant in comparison to what so many folks feel is essential. Her LONGEST week was short of what many folks AVERAGE training week looks like.

I think that many people in the sport could benefit by reflecting upon Amy’s words. It seems to me that people are confused in their training, choosing to measure “fitness” by how much they are training, instead of by how much measurably stronger and faster they are.

The above might seem obvious, but as I have joked in other articles, often one observes in the mega volume crowd the idea that “I must be getting stronger and faster because I am so slow from all this IM training.”

Smart training…

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