Hi All, I was asked to do an interview with KOMO New Radio last week to talk about my journey to become an Ironman. What a wonderful opportunity to reach more people with my story in hope to inspire them. I though I would share it with you. –Navin
Click here to listen: Navin-Singh-KOMORadio
Singh crosses the line at Ironman Cozumel
I think it is time to give you all a little more insight into how I establish training zones and the purpose of each training intensity (level or zone). I won’t bore you with physiology but will get the salient points across as clearly as I can without using too much jargon, so here goes:
General: The cardiovascular (hearts, lungs, delivery system) and muscular system will improve if given sufficient stimulus to create a response or adaptation. The body though is very smart and will only adapt to a level of efficiency sufficient to cary out your bidding. If you cease to change the stimulus you will cease to improve your fitness.
I have been working with athletes in a coaching capacity since 1992 when I was studying for a degree in Sport and Exercise Science in Leeds, West Yorkshire. I was fortunate enough to have a great pool of athletes to work with and some amazing professors who could explain and rationalize why some methodologies worked and some didn’t. In short this foundation gave me an enquiring mind and allowed me a certain amount of freedom to ‘experiment’ with many different training protocols and a wide range of individuals.
So what did I take away from all this? Well over the last twenty two years since I started racing and training for Triathlons I have seen and committed many training errors, although never was I guilty of the title of this article, in fact quite the opposite.
I did my first triathlon aged 16 years and 7 months. Like many sprint triathlons in the UK it was a pool based swim (600m), followed by a short (16km) bike and run (6km). It was approximately an hour effort and yes it was a full on effort from start to finish. After that I continued to race sprints and the occasional longer races (yes as long as Olympic distance or ‘standard’ distance as it was known back in the day!) and never did I really even think about stepping up to middle (HIM) or long distance (IM) racing. In essence I served my apprenticeship and mastered the skills necessary to be a successful triathlete. Having these skills made me proficient technically, biomechanically and physiologically. So time to cut to the chase.