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Fartlek Session
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Friday Fartlek Run – Lance Watson’s Speedplay B

This is a hard Threshold and VO2 Max workout that develops your ability to sustain your top end intensity and enhance your ability to run fast. This is a beneficial workout that all runners, as well as triathletes, will gain from.

Each week I will be posting the Friday Fartlek Run Sessions that you can do to enhance your running. Fartlek is a Swedish term that is often used by runners and it means speed-play. See a previous post about training intensity (levels) to know how hard to work.

This workout is based on one that Lance Watson wrote about in this article here. And is an extension of last weeks post:

Lance Watson’s Speedplay B

  • 12min Level II WU;
  • 3min (1 min each at Level III, IV & V), 2min RI Level II;
  • 7min Level IV, 3min RI Level II;
  • 3min Level V, 5min RI Level II;
  • 3min (1 min each at Level III, IV & V), 2min RI Level II;
  • 7min Level IV, 3min RI Level II;
  • 3min Level V;
  • 10min Level II CD;
  • 10min Stretching

The warm up (WU) should be done at an intensity that is steady but not over consuming at Level II for twelve minutes.

The main set is made up of three reps (that you repeat twice). The first one is three minutes long and progresses from Level III to Level V, with a minute at each intensity. It is followed by a Rest Interval (RI) of jogging at Level II to recover.

The next rep is seven minutes long at Level IV, that is followed by a three minute Rest Interval (RI) at Level II.

The last rep is three minutes long at Level V, then complete a five minute Rest Interval at Level II before repeating the three reps again.

The Cool Down (CD) is at a low intensity jogging (Level II) for a minimum of ten minutes.

Finish with 10 minutes stretching to assist with the recovery.

If you would like further advice feel free to contact me.

I am the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi – Endurance Sports Consultant.

I specialise in assisting first timers and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. I can be contacted at coachray@coachray.nz and 021 348 729.

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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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