Building endurance?

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Building endurance?

Postby zephyr36 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:40 am

I've just started taking PTs 50-60 and using sections from the 40s to make a 5 section test. However, I have some serious endurance problems. I tend to collapse in the later sections. For example, today I took PT 50 and got -1 on the first LR section and then went down to -9 (!) on the second. This is by far my most dramatic example, but it really has me worried. Any tips beyond adding an extra section to build mental endurance?

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby sophia.olive » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:46 am

zephyr36 wrote:I've just started taking PTs 50-60 and using sections from the 40s to make a 5 section test. However, I have some serious endurance problems. I tend to collapse in the later sections. For example, today I took PT 50 and got -1 on the first LR section and then went down to -9 (!) on the second. This is by far my most dramatic example, but it really has me worried. Any tips beyond adding an extra section to build mental endurance?

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby sundance95 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:47 am

I understand that the best way to build endurance is with a 3-5 minute, 80's hair band video montage.

Barring that, I wonder-are you eating something during your break after the third section? Try eating a powerbar or such, you might just be suffering from low blood sugar.

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby sophia.olive » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:48 am

think about baseball

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby sundance95 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:50 am

sophia.olive wrote:think about baseball


Your incoherent attempts at flame are unfunny.

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby whymeohgodno » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:51 am

sundance95 wrote:I understand that the best way to build endurance is with a 3-5 minute, 80's hair band video montage.

Barring that, I wonder-are you eating something during your break after the third section? Try eating a powerbar or such, you might just be suffering from low blood sugar.


Agree. Get like....idk...chocolate and eat it during the break.

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby zephyr36 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:03 am

I'll definitely try to eat something. That sounds like it might help.

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby Hedwig » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:31 am

Don't eat just plain chocolate! Sugar rush --> sugar crash. Eat a chocolate-type protein bar. I'm planning on bringing a mint chocolate chip Clif bar with a banana for my break.

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby plenipotentiary » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:37 am

Meditation. I am not a new age-y type at all, but I think relaxing during the break is key. The blood sugar thing is important, too. Chew and take deep breaths.

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby 3|ink » Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:20 pm

I'm going to fit a BLT in my bag.

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby zephyr36 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:09 pm

eit wrote:Don't eat just plain chocolate! Sugar rush --> sugar crash. Eat a chocolate-type protein bar. I'm planning on bringing a mint chocolate chip Clif bar with a banana for my break.


Yes. I probably will do the same. I love Clif bars.

I'll also try the meditation thing too. I feel like anyone can benefit from sitting with your eyes closed for a few minutes to clear your head before tackling two more sections.

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby kpuc » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:18 pm

How bad is it to not eat/drink anything before a test? And consume nothing during the break?

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby Hedwig » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:10 am

kpuc wrote:How bad is it to not eat/drink anything before a test? And consume nothing during the break?


Why would you even consider doing this? I would think it would lower your score significantly.

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Re: Building endurance?

Postby kpuc » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:00 pm

Why would you even consider doing this? I would think it would lower your score significantly.


I definitely wouldn't do this for the real test. But for some PTs, I pretty much get up (after showering and brushing teeth), take the bus to the library, and plunk down to take the PT.

I was just wondering if this might be responsible for some of my lower test scores. I definitely feel very worn out by the end, and during the test, I sometimes catch myself thinking about hurrying up so I can get that delicious gyro ASAP.




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