Hitting a European Qualifying standard is never an easy feat. Between the countless hours of training, meticulous planning, long hours of coach/athlete conversations, and mental preparation, it takes a village to perform at the highest level. Tomer Tarragano, distance runner at the University of Birmingham just hit a 10k time of 29 minutes, 19.81 seconds. With an EU qualifying time of 29:20, Tomer was able to surpass this standard by 0.2 seconds! Within this article we will break down the training leading to this accomplishment, along with the 10k performance itself! Read below to see the data of Tomer Tarragano’s U23 European Qualifying time!
Tomer’s watch: COROS PACE 2
Analysis software: COROS Training Hub
University of Birmingham
Being a member of the University of Birmingham, Tomer is under the guidance of Endurance Coach Dean Miller, and Athletics Director Luke Gunn. Having fantastic facilities and a pedigree for performance, the University sent its elite athletes to Font Romeau France for an altitude camp prior to their late spring races. Utilizing the athletes early season build alongside an altitude training camp, Tomer was ready to chase the EU U23 10k Qualifying standard of 29:20.
Training + Altitude Camp
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As can be seen above, Tomer was able to put together a strong early season build from March 19th through April 13th. During this stretch, Tomer was building fitness by progressively ramping up his training week-to-week. These early season builds are where athletes set themselves up for success later in the season. To magnify the effects of training further, Tomer and his teammates went to an altitude camp from March 26th through April 21st. Not only was Tomer building aerobic fitness, but he was also building red blood cell count which helps his body deliver oxygen to his muscles. When returning to sea-level, his ability to operate near VO2 efforts will improve.
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Along with building his overall fitness, Tomer utilized a volume build to enhance his aerobic base. Increasing volume throughout the early season with a peak of 136 kilometers run during the week of May 1st through May 7th.
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Tomer being a mid-distance endurance athlete needs to train more than just his aerobic base. While Zone 1 will ensure he can build his volume safely, Zone 2/3/4/5 is where his specific needs are. You can see that Tomer gets 19.4% of his total training in Zone 3 (Threshold) and 22% in Zone 4 (VO2) which is the specific demand for a 10k elite athlete.
Night of 10k PB’s Performance
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As you can see from Tomer’s 10k effort, he was steady throughout the race. Perhaps the first metric that jumps off the screen for amateurs is Tomer’s ability to sustain 194+ cadence throughout the race. Holding an average of 196 for the entire 10km distance, this is truly elite and demonstrates his ability to maintain a fast turnover while operating at his VO2 effort.
The second item of note from this race is that Tomer’s fastest portion of the race was his last mile. You can see that the race was steady, but surges were made late to fight for position. Tomer’s fastest mile was his last in an average pace of 4:40/mile, nearly 8 seconds faster than his opening 4 laps!
Lastly, as seen in the right side of the photo, Tomer was running mostly between his Threshold and VO2 (shown as training effect) for most of this race. As noted in his previous training, he spent a lot of time in Zone 3 and Zone 4 and at altitude. This allowed him the ability to sustain this pace for his best performance to date!
While having a dedicated coaching staff, altitude camps, University support and fantastic training are needed, COROS provided Tomer and the coaching staff with the data needed to dial in Tomer’s intensity, peak, and taper for his 10k. The University of Birmingham coaching staff continue to utilize the COROS Training Hub (free for all COROS customers) to dial in all of their athletes performances!
For those looking to take the next step in their training journey, we would love to have you consider COROS. From the watch on your wrist to the data analyzed at home, we want to help you reach your goals as you head out the door and explore perfection!