Unless I have missed the discussion on this Forum, I think you will find the following study very interesting:
http://hk.humankinetics.com/eJournal...pdfs/17324.pdfYOU MUST ANNOTATE ALL LINKS WHETHER WORK AND FAMILY SAFE.
It has been discussed on the following rowing Forum:
http://www.c2forum.com/viewtopic.php?t=9932YOU MUST ANNOTATE ALL LINKS WHETHER WORK AND FAMILY SAFE.
Cutting right to the conclusions, at least the way I read the data, shows that 36 elite German junior rowers spent 95% of their ROWING time in "low" intensity workouts (blood lactate <2mmol/L; heart rates <160bpm) (which would be about 80% max heart rate for these young folks, my interpretation). They spent only about 3% of their time in "high intensity" workouts, ramping up during the competition period. They rowed about 97km/week. Furthermore, their total rowing time was only 52% of their weekly workout, while resistance training occupied 27% of their time, and this was "high repetitions with moderate loads."
The authors call this training "polarized," ie, extreme low-intensity combined with high intensity (my interpretation).
Additionally, the authors feature this training as maximizing performance with decreasing over-training, injuries, etc. (I may have overstated this).
Training for the long-haul?