Andy and Lotte are endurance runners. Andy has previously raced in the Goretex Transalpine Run – a multi-day footrace across the Alps of approximately 270-315km in 8 days over mountainous terrain. With the prospect of running Challenge Roth and Transalpine-Run ahead of them, incorporating POWERbreathe seemed to be essential for strengthening their breathing muscles to improve their stamina for the challenge that altitude poses on their breathing comfort.
Having experienced the effect 3000m altitude had on their breathing, Andy contacted us to see if he and Lotte would benefit from using POWERbreathe to improve their breathing strength and stamina, as well as improve running performance . Well here’s Andy’s first blog about training for these two endurance events, including their POWERbreathe training.
“So this week hasn't turned out quite as planned, but it could be worse.
On Monday, I (more or less) completed my 30 days of running. (30 mins running every day for 30 days); a small challenge I had taken up for a good boost to my run training in the run up to Roth. I say more or less as I had technically let slip on the 26th (after zero sleep from a poorly timed uni assignment) but made it up with a double run on the Friday. Technical completion or not, I had achieved the desired outcome, I was running well, and had a good mix of interval work in there too. As I am sure you will realise, April had also been a bit soggy, so I was pleased that I had stuck it out.
All I had to tackle on Tuesday was my final exam of the year, before I could look forward to getting ready for a week in Lanzarote, training (but also relaxing) with Lotte. However, on Monday night, I came down with a nasty bought of gastroenteritis. It was then a race to recover for some decent training in Lanzarote.
After 3 days off, I guess this signals the start of the last big push before Roth, and then of course Transalpine. In relation to the latter, further good news comes in the form of team sponsorship by POWERbreathe. Lotte and I will now officially run as Team POWERbreathe UK and blog on our training with the devices in the run up to the race. I have been using mine for a while, and have noticed significant benefits in my breathing during swimming and during interval work, but really expect to reap the rewards when it comes to running at altitude. Hopefully we will both be able to give a balanced and realistic account of what it is like to train for triathlon and multi-day eventing using POWERbreathe, and also an insight into some useful hints and tips regarding its usage.
Anyway, that’s enough for now. Off for some dinner and then to bed before some biking and running tomorrow."
You can read Andy's full report on his own blog about endurance racing and sport psychology.
Everyone here at POWERbreathe Towers would like to wish them well, and if you too would like to send your good wishes, please leave a comment here.