World Class Coach Peter Thompson
What is a “roll on recovery”?
My friend Peter Thompson has a site called the “New Interval Training”. The information on Peter’s running web site makes you think out of the box when it comes to best practice mid distance and long distance training.
I’ve read just about every book on endurance training theory over the years. However, you never have all the answers when it comes to best practice training. As a coach, you should always be on a quest to learn more.
What strikes me about Peter’s site is the emphasis on the recovery phase between interval reps. Rather than jogging or running slow, the pace is much quicker between each rep than "normal" interval training.
According to New Interval Training theory, key physiological changes occur during the recovery phase of the workout. The recovery phase of a hard interval workout doesn’t receive nearly the attention of the pace of the rep itself in most running publications.
Said another way, focusing on the recovery phase of a workout is not standard fare in the endurance coaching profession. Everything normally focuses on the pace of each rep and whether you are running in the proper training zone i.e., lactate threshold pace, Vo2 Max pace, etc. Comparatively little has been written on the “recovery pace" of each interval rep.
The new interval training is similar to a fartlek workout only it is more structured. I find value in Peter’s approach to training. I’ve used the running paces and roll-on recovery method of the "New Interval Training" in my own coaching practice. In addition, I am fascinated with what we still don’t know about this method of training.
Can the “recovery rest phase” of the New Interval Training be the next great breakthrough in endurance training? Only time and more research will tell. My gut is that this training method is underrated and there is a lot more to the story that we don't fully understand yet.
Peter’s web site inspired me to conduct my own unique research on the recovery phase of a typical interval session. I’ve been looking into the "lactate shuffle" theories of George Brooks myself now for a few years. Peter quotes a lot of George Brooks original work on his web site.
To learn about the new interval training, visit the New Interval Training web site. Peter does a good job of explaining the value of the new interval training on his site.
Thank you, Peter, for challenging us to think outside of the training box.