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Interval Training for Inline Skaters
By Barry Publow
Jade Pauley leads the way at a Toronto Inline Skating Club practice, followed by Scott Pauley, Jesse Pauley, Morgan Williams and Herb Gayle.
Photo: Peter Doucet, Speed Skate World
Competing in a marathon is a lot like competing in a 10K. The pace changes often with periods of relaxed skating punctuated by hard surges as skaters chase breakaways or go on fliers of their own.
To be successful under these conditions, you need three things: endurance, acceleration, and the ability to recover.
Endurance will get you to the finish line; acceleration will allow you to keep up with surges in the pack; and the ability to recover will allow you to get the rest you need between surges.
One of the best tools for developing these skills is interval training.
Here are two interval workouts especially designed to prepare skaters for marathons:
Workout No. 1
Workout No. 2