Q&A: Teleoanticipation and Pacing with Alex Hutchinson

Endurance sports journalist Alex Hutchinson joins Fast Talk Labs to help explain teleoanticipation and pacing.

Fast Talk Labs sat down with special guest, endurance sports journalist Alex Hutchinson, for a guided Q&A discussion on teleoanticipation and pacing.

What’s teleoanticipation? The anticipation of the end of a physical task that allows more efficient expenditure of energy.

The act of teleoanticipation can have a significant impact on how you pace and endurance event. When you know what’s coming, how do you pace? What happens if someone moves the finish line?

Hutchinson wrote a compelling article drawing comparisons between teleoanticipation and our mentality towards COVID-19, building on lessons from new research on pacing in endurance sports.

Here are the questions that were asked during the live session:

3:20 – What is teleoanticipation?

8:21 – Is this something that we’re born with or do we develop it over time?

9:00 – Why do some runners run their fastest in their debut races?

11:38 – What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of teleoanticipation?

22:40 – How often should a coach make a runner do another set?

37:28 – Should you daydream about an upcoming race to increase your heart rate during a workout?

43:09 – Should an amateur cyclist who trains 8-10 hrs a week in a polarized distribution use the Ronnestad intervals? Is there an advantage to them compared to longer intervals? Would you consider this to be a VO2 max workout to be used leading up to a race or during the base/build phase?

50:51 – Is there new information you learned since publishing your book and would like to add?