Dr. Seiler and his daughter Siren talk about intensity zones, peaking and riding the wave, recovery diagnostics, strength training, pistol squat PRs, Paula Radcliffe, and the loneliness of the high-level female endurance athlete.
If your dad were a world-class exercise physiologist like, say, Dr. Stephen Seiler, how would you train? Probably pretty effectively. In this case study of one, Dr. Seiler chats with his daughter and runner, Siren, to review her career and training methods.
Dr. Stephen Seiler explains the endurance training zones schemes he uses in research (3 zones) and in practice working with Norwegian coaches and athletes (5 zones) as part of the Norwegian Olympic Federation model.
At what intensity should athletes perform long, slow distance workouts? Since we don't often ask athletes to endure low-intensity workouts in the lab, the research on this topic is light. Dr. Stephen Seiler lays out a method for athletes to figure out their own, ideal intensity and duration for low-intensity workouts.