After a nice holiday / training camp (not sure which of the two is more applicable!) in Portugal, I (Simon Vroemen) have returned to The Netherlands, where it was freezing and foggy when we arrived. Tomorrow I will run my first race, a cross country in Tilburg, on the course where the European Championships will be staged next year. It will also be the qualification for this years EC, but I will not run these even if I qualify. I just don’t feel the shape is there to do well. I have attached a few pictures of Portugal below.
I got many questions lately on how I train, some people suggesting that this might be secret “as I am a world class athlete”. I find secracy around training rather stupid – even if someone trains exactly like I do, it will not lead to the same performances. The training might not fit the person – or the person does not have the same didication in the rest of his life that I have. It is not easy to dedicate oneself mentally so much to a few top races a year! My mileage in winter is about 120-160 a week (avg 130), and many of those miles I run rather slowly around 4.00 min per km. I might accelerate up to 3.40, but only fartleks and speedier workouts go faster than that. I think many athletes wear themselves out too much with hard temporuns every day.
A typical week in November (where I just start training) and one in May is shown below.
Note that there is also many weeks where I do substantially less than the above, especially towards races!!! This is always the danger of people quoting there training weeks, they always search for ‘a nice solid week of training’…….. Cheers!! (-Simon Vroemen)