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Primal Endurance Podcast

Welcome to The Primal Endurance Podcast, where we challenge the ineffective, overly stressful conventional approach to endurance training and provide a refreshing, sensible, healthy, fun alternative. Going primal frees you from carbohydrate dependency and turns you into a fat burning beast! Enjoy interviews from elite athletes, coaches, authors and scientists on the cutting edge of endurance training and performance.
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Sep 2, 2016
Brad Kearns tackles more interesting Q&A from Primal Endurance podcast listeners and book readers. Submit your questions at primalblueprint.com/endurance and they will get covered on the air. Some recurring themes are coming through with many questioners. In particular, the questioning how "180-age" aerobic maximum heart rate limit applies to real-life goals and the desire to open up the throttle now and then and get race ready. While the questions relate to the specific needs of the individual, the answers are presented in a manner that applies to a broad audience. Listen and enjoy learning about the challenges and successes of your endurance peers, and come away with plenty of practical tips to help improve your training and competitive results.
2 Comments
  • eleven and a half months ago
    Primal Endurance - Lindsay
    Hi, Greg!
    So you are going faster at a lower heartbeat (great!), but the perceived exertion is harder. That in and of itself isn't worrisome. As you improve and your aerobic fitness catches up to your muscular strength/endurance, you might find that it's harder to push it to MAF HR. What that means is that it's time to work on developing strength (and possibly anaerobic endurance) through high-intensity sessions. You will also see improvements in speed faster if you work closer to your MAF HR (143-153 is recommended, which I see is where you are, but you can also try to bump up closer to 150).
    Cheers!
  • over a year ago
    Greg Midzak
    Brad,

    I have been doing three, thirty-minute rowing (concept 2 row machine)sessions a week, making sure that I stay within three to four beats of my maximum aerobic heart rate (153). I usually am at a 2:25-2:30 500m time for the entire time at this heart rate. Also, I must mention that this feels easy. Today though, I was averaging 2:10-2:15 and being stuck at 145, and my perceived effort was MUCH higher. I thought that maybe my polar transmitter was incorrect, but every time I stopped for a six-second heart rate check, the monitors (watch and row machine) were matching. Any explanation for this? I thought as I improve my aerobic capacity, the effort stayed constant while moving faster.