Post Number: 51
|Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 01:38 pm: |
1. A small city in Pennsylvania made popular by Billy Joel.
2. A small town in New Jersey and the epicenter of myriad standardbred race horse training centers.
3. The birth place of a standardbred race horse named Allentown
Allentown the Race Horse:
1. Now 7 years old.
2. Termed a “Cheap Cripple Cast off”.
3. Lifetime best 1:53.4 in 2007 at Pocono Downs…not close since then.
4. Case Study for FaCT Canada/Education’s new focus for training race horses. He is case study #1.
5. He loves to work, eats well, knows resistance pulling and his maximum heart rate is less than 230 beats per minute.
Andrew Sellars MD, a tri-athlete and director of FaCT Education, has been providing input on his new development program since November 2008.
Since Friday January 23 he has jogged only 5 times totaling 16.4 miles. Today his fit line performance was the best ever.
Our fit line test is very basic and very easy. We warm up a mile or two then do 4 or 5 two third mile measured steps at speeds starting at 12 mph up to 24 mph. We record the beats per minute and the speed at each step by pressing the red button on the Polar CS600 at each step. We then enter that information in FaCT Canada’s charting software. This gives us a “Fit Line” for that workout. We can compare low end, oxygen dependant (aerobic) results and high end oxygen independent (anaerobic) results day to day.
We also expand on the Fit-Line Step test once a month or so to determine the horse’s Lactate Balance Point using the Polar CS600 and the Lactate Pro. If the LBP increases the overall performance capability of the horse could be better. Allentown’s first LBP test (11/29/08) is somewhere between 152 and 168 bpm.
Andrew and I have decided to use FaCT Forum as our stage for discussing Allentown’s performance development. Following is today’s post.
Please post today’s step and overlay showing 11/29, 12/29, 10/05, 01/06, 01/21 and 02/18. I don’t know how to capture that yet for computer viewing. Please also give your short evaluation narrative on what you see.
I know you and Ginny are off to New Zealand for the NZ Iron Person and our communication may be restricted. So we’ll do our best. Do your best, good luck and God's speed.
After most of a month off, his fit line is excellent. The only difference is today we used a slightly lighter cart. So far none of our step tests have used resistance which could open up a whole new set of possibilities.
The thing that excites me is now coming on to spring we can anticipate a more consistent daily work schedule with a better track.
If you recall we were happy with our structural training results (STF) and anticipating more upper-end functional training work for speed muscle development and pre-race prep (FTF).
Today and yesterday Al pulled my arms off. He’s very racy but I want more endurance work (STF) before we put him in a race again. We may want to apply some neuro-muscular reps (foot speed/stride length) before his next race. What do you think?
We got some snow today and I have to plow the office and the farm so possibly a day off for Allie, but maybe Julie would take him out for 25 minutes or so with an average bpm of 148 (168 LBP – 20 = 148 beats per minute). Don’t know how many miles they would go.
P.S. I spoke to Karyn Malinowski of Rutgers U today. Before I could finish my Course I at Rutgers pitch she chimed in, “We want the Course I at Rutgers”. The scheduled date is June 5, 6 & 7. Karyn only asks that we make a nice contribution to Rutgers’ Equine Science Center to honor their hosting. We must talk about the agenda.