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Crossfit Endurance

Posted Mar 20 2011 7:05pm

As I have said before, I am not a typical endurance athlete.  I came to the world with a sprinter's past and a weight lifter's mentality.  In the years that followed my college track career I got very into a system of training that is currently gaining immense popularity known as Crossfit.  Back in 2005 some members at my unit and I adopted their daily workout strategy and quickly believed that it would quickly become the new standard in fitness - and simply be "the norm" for how real athletes train. 
Fast forward to today, and you see a guy who uses a traditional periodization style LSD based training program for getting ready for races.  By the end of a 70.3 training schedule I am dying to get back to Crossfitting for just a few weeks in order to recover some of the strength and speed that fade over the miles and miles of endurance training.  And if weak and frail is how I feel by the end of a 70.3 program, I wonder how I'll feel after this year's Ironman... 

I recently discovered a coaching program that claims to be able to use a Crossfit-style traning strategy to prepare athletes for Ironman distance events.  By improving what they refer to as anaerobic endurance, they state that an athlete can enter a 140.6 distance race in greater overall health (strength, speed, endurance) than using traditional methods while training less than 10-12 hours per week. 

I have tried Crossfit Endurance workouts in the past, and was blown away by their intensity.  At the time, I was training for my first 70.3 - but in the end I failed to commit and transitioned to LSD type training a couple of months prior to the event.

I am currently considering the possibility of committing to a Crossfit Endurance style program to prepare for IM FL in November.  The risks of adopting such an "unorthodox" strategy include the added consideration that such a coaching program is not exactly inexpensive.  Thus, committing to a CFE plan is literally quite a gamble when you consider entry fees and 4-6 months of coaching costs (not to mention the risk of a dreaded DNF.)

And so, I thought I'd ask the experts out there: 
Do you think this is feasible?  
Can an IM virgin put up a sub-12hr finish based on interval and strength style training alone? 
Or is simply putting in the miles the only way to go?

*Post Draft Addition*
While discussing this with a friend of mine, he informed me that Crossfit Endurance was featured in a Triathlete Magazine article just a couple of months ago.  Coincidence?  Or fate?  

BTW, don't forget about the Finis Lap Tracker Giveaway .  Donate some cash to help Japan and you get FIVE entries.
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