Race Walk is a temperate weather sport that requires year round training to get really good at it. However, too hot or too cold and it stops being fun and starts being a health risk. We live in a northern clime and that means lots of cold for at least 4 months of the year.
How do we manage to raise up elite level athletes in these conditions?
First, we have Tudor Bompa and the periodisation folks to thank showing us all how to organisae our training effectively. Second, we have come to realise that the treadmill is not the evil machine of torture that it is thought to be. And, third, the concept of cross-training was a brilliant discovery.
In our next few posts we’ll get into some details about what we know about periodisation, the treadmill and cross-training and how all three can be used to create a very effective race walk training regime that can take you all the way from the first frost to the final thaw.