Hmmm, the title above was the worst sentence for me. I read heaps and talked with so many that the only reason you are slow is because you just aren’t training hard enough. Or you are training in the “black hole”. Know what that means? It is when you “think” you are going hard enough but really only hard enough to make it uncomfortable and you can’t sing a song. So I added harder intervals into my running, swimming and cycling. Stuff like 8 minutes on 6 min off of eye popping/can’t breath/why are there stars in the sky when it is daylight/ kind of intervals. Hill repeats. tempo runs. Longer swims. And I still didn’t go faster! I stayed the same and my heart rate got lower and lower. So low that my resting heart beat was 39! I asked a coach and they said the same above sentence! Argghh!
No one told me that the reason I wasn’t going fast enough was because I had something wrong with me. I ended up with chronically low iron ferritin stores, a stress fracture, both feet in different years with severe plantar fasciitis and severe depression which all lead to Adrenal Fatigue and having to put on hold my love of endurance sport. So next time someone tells you the above, maybe you should look into your health first.
I have learnt so much about my body in the last 7 years and am on a great path to feeling better than I ever have done.