Author:Simon

Tapering: The theory behind the madness

If you haven’t read my post from last week, check it out before reading through this as I’ll be referring back to it throughout. This post will cover the theory of tapering (what does the science really say?), while simultaneously referring back to the taper...

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Trail Run Racing: Factors Affecting Race Performance

If we can agree that research on trail running has been victim to both design and sampling bias - then we know that what we know about running performance may not apply to trail running performance - this was the premise of my previous post....

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Trail Running vs Road Running: What’s the Difference?

Forget everything you think you know about trail running. Seriously.   It’s a funny thing how we humans come to acquire knowledge about the things we observe around us. The even funnier thing is that we often don’t question why we believe certain things to be...

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Ramblings of a Self-coached Sport Scientist

Over the course of a year I repeat the FT Test on several occasions so as to recalibrate my training zones and track my training progress. In today’s post I’m going to be analyzing two independent FT tests done on the same course and at similar...

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Running Mechanics: Improving Cadence (Part 2)

In my last blog post, I touched on exactly what stride frequency or cadence is (I use them synonymously in this post). The next question is how do I bring my current stride frequency (preferred stride frequency) closer to my ideal (optimal) stride frequency? The...

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Running Mechanics Series: Cadence (Part 1)

In my next series, I will be covering running mechanics and how to improve them. I’m also going to include a post about the difference in running mechanics between road and trail runners - something which I plan on doing my doctorate on. Lastly, I’ll...

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