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The science behind 2PEAK’s 3D Model

Authored by Dr. Piero Fontana, PhD, our scientific advisor.*

Introduction:
2PEAK training planning is based on state of the art science and therefore takes into account the latest findings in performance physiology.

We will show you how endurance performance is delineated and classified on a scientific basis. In further articles we will show how these scientific facts influence modern training planning and how, thanks to the newest knowledge, you can increase your performance quicker and more specifically.

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2PEAK’s Training philosophy

Periodization

Our Training Plans are based on the well-known principle of periodization developed in training physiology. This means that specific forms of load and relief follow each other in a continuous sequence. For enthusiasts and competitive athletes a ratio of 3:1 has been determined as most effective. This means that after 3 days of load, one day of relief is given (this may be an easy day or a complete day off). Usually the duration increases within a block while the intensity declines. Normally two blocks of this nature build a Micro cycle lasting one week. Of course 2PEAK takes into account that the 3 sports of a triathlete are interdependent, but also include the opportunity to continue to train your upper body while your legs are exhausted.

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Too Much or Too Little

2PEAK optimizes your fitness potential (yes precisely yours and not the average of randomized group). Static and non-intelligent training plans make rigid prescriptions like: these are the hours and workouts you have to do in order to prepare for this race… This is why we end up with preconceived notions such as “in order to be prepared to run a marathon you have to do at least X workouts of at least Y miles/duration”… But if this was the successful recipe for one (usually a pro) runner, why would this apply to you? Having a real life full of other goals and challenges, having a different albeit not even weaker talent set, a different athletic background, age, gender, everyone of us is unique.

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What happened to my intervals?

The confusion around interval training and the answer to the problem of what makes an interval an interval?

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How to move or swap workouts

“How can i swap my workout for today with the one planned for Tuesday? Its raining and cold today while the sun will be out on Tuesday “

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The 2PEAK Battery Explained

A big topic that comes with training is your recovery. This takes almost just as much discipline as the actual training and can be improved by a lot of things (reduce stress, increase amount of sleep…). When you log into your 2PEAK account, you can see a battery icon in the top right hand corner. This article is all about explaining what happens behind this battery, what it stands for and how you can use it to your advantage.

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2PEAK Training Meter

Are you on target? Are you training specifically enough to reach your goal? With this simple analysis we give you an overview on the quality of your workouts based on the 3 essential components of your endurance fitness (Potential/VO2max, Potential utilization and resistance).

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2PEAK “Social” Feature

We have features here at 2PEAK, which get used less than others. We’d like to create some awareness of the 2PEAK Social Feature, which you should definitely try out, if you’re fed up with training for hours all by yourself or you can’t find any good raining routes in new places.

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2PEAK Tag Feature

2PEAK has a lot of different features to offer and sometimes, especially in the beginning, it can definitely feel over whelming. But trust us, behind each and every button on our webpage, a lot of effort and thought has been invested. A really cool feature that we have and that you should definitely check out are our tags. When you document your training and you click on the “show advanced options”, a list of different factors that all play into your training appears.

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Race Recovery

After a race there’s always two aspects to be analysed. How is your body (physical aspect) and how’s the head (psychological aspect) dealing with the ups and downs and the fight with ourselves? It’s normal and a good stimulus for us to not always be 100% happy with how a race went. Because there’s always at least one thing that could be optimised. Important is, that we can use this to learn and improve ourselves for the next big day.