Bonking, hitting the wall, and visits to the sleep monster are all activities that endurance athletes want to avoid. Akbar Lalani explains
- By: Akbar Lalani
Training for an endurance race is similar to revising for a medical school exam--you have loads of good ideas and strategies well in advance. You then spend most of your time procrastinating and dabbling in some work. Finally, one day, you realise that time is running out and that you really better get on with things. So what is it that endurance athletes think about when training for and competing in events? Although not a natural athlete, I did manage to train for and successfully complete the world's toughest endurance race, the Marathon des Sables. Along with 700 other runners, I survived the 150 mile seven day ordeal in the Sahara desert, where temperatures peaked at 51°C.
Many endurance athletes develop borderline obsessive-compulsive behaviour patterns when it comes to their training. With so many parameters to control, life can become a series of numbers, times, weights, repetitions, sets, heart rates,