More reinforcement to not spend hours and hours on “base training” through the winter months:
It’s no secret that I think short, fast workouts are an effective means of training through the winter months. In fact I believe there are many aspects that I think make it superior to long base miles for most athletes.
This research article is another reason to choose short/fast efforts. We see degradations in our immune system with long slow efforts while short/fast efforts appear to boost immune strength.
Again, when I refer to the ‘base training myth’, it’s not to say that putting in long off-season miles doesn’t work, because it does. The myth portion I’m referring to is when it’s considered the only way for all endurance athletes to have a successful season.