1. 1. Galala Challenge: I joined this cycling event the first time in November 2020 and again a year later, in October 2021. The best improvement indicator in the table below is the average speed that increased by 10% (from 27.0 to 29.7 km/hr).
2. Qarun 66 Ultra trail run: Between February 2021 and March 2022, my average pace improved by 9-10%.
I think these 2 data points illustrate quite convincingly the effect of an increase in training volume in my case. As I continue to learn how my performance reacts to changes in my training, I have a couple of questions I’d like to find the answers for in the future:
1. 1. I don’t think I can increase my volume even further. In fact, I doubt it. So, it will be interesting to see if there is at least any benefit in consistency, i.e. sticking with this volume for another year (… and another, … and another?). If everything goes to plan, I will have 2-4 opportunities to measure any potential improvement. These opportunities could be the Galala cycling challenge and Qarun 66 Ultra trail run again, in addition to the 130 km 2-day Hathor trail run in Sinai which I did in December 2021, and Ironman Egypt 70.3 (half-ironman) which I did in November 2021.
2. 2. How will I perform in shorter events? Will I be better? I don’t expect I’ll have a conclusive answer for this question because I miss the basis for comparison. Firstly, the only short race I joined last year was Trifactory’s Somabay Olympic distance triathlon in April 2021. However, because of high winds, the swim and bike legs were cut short in 2021, which will make it difficult to compare with. I’ll find out in a few weeks. The race is on May 28th. And second, I am also experimenting a bit with the intensity element of my training. I don’t know yet where I’ll go with this, but I know that it has the potential to impact my performance at least as much as volume, if not more, in shorter events. It will be too early to see any effect in Somabay though.I’ll keep you posted.