As a scientist by training I definitely appreciate the studies you do to hone your offerings as well. Thank you for the awesome programming, keep it up!
I wanted to extend my thanks for the excellent programming. I stumbled upon MTI when I was in between training objectives once and found a regimen in a blog post with renegade man makers, tried it, and was pleased at how challenging it was. Shortly after that, my husband and I were gearing up to do a single day winter Presidential traverse in the White Mountains and I used the Artemis training plan followed by the Grand Teton traverse plan to prepare as I hadn’t done any long hiking like that before, let alone in winter. I felt like I was really well prepared and was hooked.
Later, a buddy of mine was talking about the Spartan ultra OCR at Killington and how ridiculously challenging it was. I signed up for it, never having completed any race longer than a 10k or obstacle course anythings in my life. I worked through the medium, long, and ultra distance OCR training plans in succession and signed up for two tune up races before the Killington ultra. Although I missed the second to last cut off time, I completed somewhere around 24 miles of the ~30 mile course and was really happy with how I did given how green I was, despite the DNF. I learned a lot – this year I signed up for the 21k and incorporated a lot more elevation gain from the outset, and focused more on the rope climbing and grip strength that before I had brushed off a bit. That race went much better, but still taught me I have a lot of work to do with my pull up strength.
My primary sport in all of this is roller derby, though while I was doing most of these events it was on hiatus for covid. When it came back in full swing I was taken aback by how winded I was when I was jamming (the point scoring position). I combed through the plans and the work capacity improvement looked liked exactly what I needed, so I completed that plan and was very pleased with the results.
All of this is to say that I’ve been able to find training plans for just about everything I want to do, and they’ve helped me succeed at my goals. You better believe that when others ask about training plans for mountain objectives or cross training for derby, I send them every time to MTI and share my success stories with them. As a scientist by training I definitely appreciate the studies you do to hone your offerings as well. Thank you for the awesome programming, keep it up!