I have had a copy of Vigil's "Road to the Top" for about 11 years, it's about to fall apart from having been opened so much…and I have been been to several of clinics…yet, there are parts of his book that still elude my comprehension.
Anyone out there with the book interested in helping me understand a few things? For instance:
(1) The charts 3.7 – 3.11;
(2)Table 5.10 (is there a way to control the effort – HR? – or is this an all-out effort?
(3) Page 81 – why work at % vVO2max during cross and then a % of max speed during track? Besides, if you read his other materials, his cross season mile repeats are done at a % of max mile speed…
(4) Compare the charts on page 121 (7.2) and p. 127 (7.7) – under the first column column in 7.2 it says to do these runs at least 2-3 times/week…in table 7.7 in the first cloumn, which is identical to 7.2, it says to do those runs (same intensity, etc) once every 14 days…
(5) His peaking workouts for 10K on page 129 – I have read and heard Vigil describe these as "All-out 2 mile time trials", yet in the book it describes the 2 mile runs at vVO2max based upon his charts…I know 2 mile pace and vVO2max are close, but there is in my mind a difference between telling an athlete to run 2 miles all-out vs. prescribing a specific time.
(6) He almost always provides charts (such as 7.8 on page 128) for doing 400m repeats, but almost always speaks of doing 700-800m repeats with his athletes instead.