Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oops - outage!

The server ran out of disk space yesterday and had to be restarted. I have my dropbox account on the server for backups and file sharing (it’s great for both purposes and I don’t know how I survived without it). However, the server had only been allocated 4 Gb of space and dropbox replicates 2Gb free, so I blew things up. Lesson learned! BTW, if you don’t use dropbox yet, please use this referral link when you sign up and we both get an extra 250Mb.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Training Monotony

Monotony is considered a sign of an ineffective training program. Monotonous training has a similar level of stress each day. High levels of monotony tend to increase fatigue, have a higher risk of overtraining, and produce less benefit than low monotony routines. This new article is part of my work on Overtraining and introduces the concept of Monotony, how it can be calculated and provides a simple online form for evaluating training. I am building the Monotony calculator into my SportTrack plugin, which should be released soon (beta available on request).

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

TRIMP ('TRaining IMPulse')

As part of my research into overtraining, I've been looking at ways of measuring the impact of training. I've created an article on TRIMP ('TRaining IMPulse') and the various ways it can be calculated.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Free software for altitude training released

I've release the software I use for altitude training. I use this software with a pulse oximeter and the AltoLab altitude training system. I’m not sure how many people will find this useful, so the documentation is embryonic. and details of the supported pulse oximeters at
More background at and
PS, I've also added a number of pages around heart rate, such as which I will continue to extend and expand over time.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mental fortitude

I had a question about my wiki entry on 'Top 10 marathon racing mistakes' about mental fortitude and if it could be actively developed. I've spent some time thinking about this and I believe that you can train your fortitude in much the same way you can speed or endurance. I've written this up as and I'm interested in any feedback you might have. (If you like the article, please hit the '+1' button, as I use that to track what articles people find useful.)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Janurary 2012 Mileage

It's rather late, but I worked out my January mileage, which was 367 miles. More details at