We are turning over the blog today to one of our athletes, Lauren Novakowski. Since we could not better present the progress she has made with our training in only FOUR WEEKS, we will let Lauren tell you herself.
We will be following her progress through the season, so stay tuned. Thank you Lauren for taking the time to share your fantastic success! As we keeping telling you, you've only just begun!
NEW LEARNING FOR A SEASONED ATHLETE
By Lauren Novakowski
I started training with Pursuit Athletic Performance (PAP) four weeks ago, and I am thrilled to share my results and progress.
I have been an athlete since childhood, and have spent the last last five years in the world of triathlon. Over the past year, injuries and age have messaged that it was time to fundamentally change my ways. I decided that this year I was going to acquire a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses, develop training to specifically address those weaknesses to improve overall athletic performance with greater efficiency.
A wise athlete once said that If you come across superior way of training today than what you were doing yesterday, you have an obligation to implement those changes and share with others. Coach Al Lyman and Dr. Kurt Strecker have been instrumental in teaching me a superior way of training yielding positive performance results, less fatigue in fewer training hours.
For the last five weeks, I have been training with Pursuit Athletic Performance. The first four weeks of targeted work have resulted in measurable improvements in my bike, swim and overall strength (see results below). I have documented all training via various metrics, and I am fortunate to have kept performance measures from my last few years of multisport training for baseline comparisons.
Below is a snapshot of my results after initial four weeks of work with Pursuit Athletic Performance:
? Various metrics include time, speed, power (watts), HR, cadence, calories burned. Training tools include bike power meter, PAP CompuTrainer ergometer, HR monitor, PAP Vasa swim ergometer, 25 yd pool.
? I started with a solid bike, swim, and strength base prior to initiating training with PAP. Four weeks into my current 12 week plan, my cycling functional threshold power improved 10 watts and my swim 100m Vasa threshold time decreased by 5 seconds. I have also experienced more consistent and improved pool time intervals.
? Executing proper functional strength movement has significantly improved existing injuries. For the first time since I can remember, I was able to cycle outside for 2 1/2 hours with no low back pain.
? Better results with improved efficiency. In a four week time frame, I allocated 2-3 fewer hours per week following the Pursuit Athletic Performance program versus going to spin classes, strength training with weights, swimming in the pool 100% of the time.
I am writing this to tell all athletes if you are looking for maximum return on investment, take a moment to check out all the services that Pursuit Athletic Performance has to offer no matter what your sport. I look forward to sharing additional progress in the near future.
Lauren Novakowski is not only a triathlete, but a mom of three (son, 11, and twin daughters, 9). She is a Senior Corporate Account Manager for Amgen. She lives with her husband of 15 years in Old Saybrook, CT.