Not enough time to do a full base/build/speciality phase


#1

Hi all,
(i also posted this question on facebook). I am trying to figure out my training plan (using the calendar). In Australia we have A events in Autumn (March through May 19) and then A events in Sept/Oct. I normally do a full base/build/speciality over summer (Nov through Feb) and then manage the two peaks using a build/speciality mix (as has been covered well on the podcast etc by Chad and the team).

This year due to the timing, i am short by about 4 weeks in my base/build/speciality cycle over the summer months. I run a high level of fitness all year (averaging ~ 500 to 700 TSS all year). i am trying to work out, do i cut short my base on the theory i already have a good level of aerobic fitness coming into the training cycle or do i cut short my rolling road race by a few weeks at the end on the basis it is just sharpening.

I am guessing the pros have a similar issue when they come off the grand tour season in the end of August and then are back racing for Tour down under in Jan?

Many thanks
Dave


#2

I would go for your first option and cut the base phase short - given that you’re maintaining a high load year round, you would certainly have the base already well built. That should get you maximum value from the specialty phase for your events.


#3

Great, thank you, appreciate it. that was my leaning as well.


#4

Hey David!

We have a couple articles in our Help Center that should help shine some light on your situation:


I hope this helps!


#5

Thanks Bryce!! Perfect really appreciate it