Are You Addicted to Endurance Training?

Now, tally the number of times you received a score of one.

  • 40 to 45 – You're definitely addicted to endurance exercise.
  • 35 to 39 – You're in the danger zone. One more endurance friend could tip you into full addiction.
  • 24 to 34 – Don't worry, you seem fairly normal, that is "normal" for an endurance creature.
  • 23 or less – The addicts are worried about your health. Step away from the computer and go engage in some endurance exercise.

More: 10 Training Rules for Triathletes

A special thank you to the following "normal" fitness buffs, addicts, spouses and significant others for contributing to this column: Carl Ciacci, Elizabeth Sugar Boese, Davida duPont, Rob Forister, Diana Hassel, Bob Herrfeldt, Linda Kennedy, Morgan Murri, G. R. Nessenthaler, Jennifer Riekenberg, Kent Winters, Eddie Metro, Ryan Sahd, Ed Shaw, Peggy Shockley, Todd Singiser, and Jonathan Zeif (J.Z.).

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About the Author

Gale Bernhardt

Gale Bernhardt was the USA Triathlon team coach at the 2003 Pan American Games and 2004 Athens Olympics. She's worked as a World Cup coach and delivered education training for the International Triathlon Union's Sport Development Team. Thousands of athletes have had successful training and racing experiences using Gale's easy-to-follow training plans. You can find some of her training plans on Active Trainer to help you succeed.

Gale Bernhardt was the USA Triathlon team coach at the 2003 Pan American Games and 2004 Athens Olympics. She's worked as a World Cup coach and delivered education training for the International Triathlon Union's Sport Development Team. Thousands of athletes have had successful training and racing experiences using Gale's easy-to-follow training plans. You can find some of her training plans on Active Trainer to help you succeed.

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