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Tri-athlete Mark Allen talks about training for Rebound Physical Therapy

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Our TraditionalMountaineering Calendar of interesting events for January 2005:
Friday, January 14, six-time Ironman Champion Mark Allen will talk about training for aerobic endurance

Rebound Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Lab is sponsoring Mark Allen's talk about training for success in aerobic sports and more. Location is their facility at 155 SW Century Drive opposite Ray's Food Place in Bend. Reservation required. Cost $3.00! Contact Barb at 322-7332.  See the flyer


Comments and historical notes from an ancient marathoner!

Webmeister's Note:
In April 1968, Major Kenneth Cooper, MD, USAF, published Aerobics. Within a year the book went to its 16th Printing. No, it did not propose "aerobic dance classes". Cooper made a convincing case that Long Slow Distance (LSD) - walking, jogging, biking, hiking, etc. at an aerobic pace improved overall fitness and provided a base for maximum athletic performance. Millions of Americans began to jog and run long slow distance. Some of these folks built on this base and began to compete.

Marathon runners grew from a few, to hundreds, to thousands in the early 1970s.

Nathan Pritikin published his Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise in the early 1970s. It soon became a multi-million copy bestseller and everyone paid attention to the amount of whole grains and vegetables, fats and proteins in their daily diet. Pritikin suggested we get 80% of our calories from complex carbohydrates. Many of us tried our best.

Covert Bailey, published his hugely popular book Fit or Fat in the early 1970s.  He began lecturing around the country, holding small seminars and weighing participants in a portable water tank on a mortician's scale, to gage their lean body mass. His lectures grew to hundreds of folks and he personally reached thousands more on PBS. Covert told us about our aerobic and anaerobic metabolism and how to train these two fundamentally different systems that move us over the ground. He proved that one could look fit but be fat. Fat folks find it hard to do long distance stuff. Some can play golf and tennis pretty well, however.

Triathlons were made possible and became popular based on the new knowledge of how to train and what to eat and drink.

Mark Allen became interested in triathlon competitions and finally found the formula for world wide success in this extreme aerobic event. Mark Allen's Total Triathlete, first published in 1988, is now out of print, but many used copies are available at (I was taking time off from training in the 1980s and I did not take notice of books on Triathlons. In 2005, inspired by Mark's talk last evening, I have ordered a copy today!)

Here is Mark's message: Train with LSD below your calculated maximum aerobic heart rate until you no longer go faster at that heart rate. Then do your speed training until you no longer improve. Then you are ready for your best effort at racing, fast and light climbing or just recreational running, nordic skiing, swimming, biking, or what ever with your friends.

Here is how Mark suggests you calculate your max heart rate: 180 minus your age in years (add some beats for older people) equals your calculated maximum aerobic heart rate. Use your heart rate monitor and (after a warm up, of course) walk up-hill or jog, or run a mile holding to that "calculated maximum aerobic heart rate". Test your improvement periodically, maintaining the same heart rate and note your improvement in speed over the exact same ground. At some point you will reach a plateau. Then start some speed training. Over age 40? Go to a gym twice a week and do two sets of twelve reps at somewhat challenging weight on maximum twelve big muscle groups as your aerobic engine improves. You will be lookin' good!

Perhaps more on this when I get my copy of Mark Allen's Total Triathlete, soon. And who knows? . . .


--Webmeister Robert Speik





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