Originally Posted by mazza0007
I used to do distance running myself so I'm sort of basing my ideas on that! For humans you get the distance first without worrying about speed. Once you can comfortably do the distance then put in the speed through fartlek(really!) interval training etc
I think in general a lot of the ideas that work in human distance running are applicable to endurance (though I couldn't personally run a mile unless something with large teeth was chasing me). However, your saying "get the distance first" made me wonder if human athletes training for distance actually run the entire distance in training they intend to compete? Like if I was going to enter a marathon, I would be running 26 miles in training?
I can tell you I have never ridden an endurance
distance I intended to compete in a single training session.. and sometimes not even over a week of training. For intro and even LD distances, I think doing them in training or over the course of a week of training is reasonable, so in the case of 10k that wouldn't worry me at all, but I don't want people thinking they need to ride 50 miles at once in training before being ready for a 50!