24 weeks of training down the drain

Starting training in Jan. for Assault on Mt. Mitchell. Base 1 and 2 followed by Specialty Century. Increased ftp by 20 watts. Strongest I have ever been on the bike.

Of course just like Nate sickness strikes. 103 Temp and cough starts 2 days before the race. Gift brought home from school by one of the kids. 3rd cold/virus this year so far. Disappointed doesn’t even begin to describe it.

So as a consolation I am looking at doing Blood Sweat and Gears June 22 but not sure how to proceed with training. Any ideas?

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Such is life my friend. You can be flying one month and down in the dumps for one reason or another the next.
All is not lost though, your body will bounce back and remember where it was just a few weeks prior. You’ll be surprised how you can bounce back within two weeks. It’s all about momentum.

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I feel you. I didn’t have 24 weeks of training under me, but had a solid 16 and was just about to start my build and came down with a bad ankle injury after a ride the day before my ramp test. I haven’t been able to do any riding above 50% of FTP since the third week of April and have had to DNS two races and not even sure if I’ll be able to race at all this summer. Really sucks doesn’t it? Be thankful that you’re only battling a virus and not an injury that requires real downtime and the chance of re-injury. Keep your head up!

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I think any parent goes through this regularly. At any given time one of our four kids is sick, inevitably it gets to us as well. I think on average the whole family is sick 30 weeks out of the year.

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Nothing wrong with BSG ! I’ll be there along with several of my local riding group. Whether you’re at the pointy end, or somewhere near the lanterne rouge, it is likely to be a fantastic day on the bike.

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Chad, after finishing base 1 and 2 along with the specialty phase what plan should I follow for the next 4 weeks until the June 22 race? I am not sure what I should be doing to maintain acquired fitness.

Thanks so much.

If you are looking to stretch, one option is to repeat the final 2 weeks of the Specialty phase. They have mentioned that with the intent of making a “Season” when you have your Specialty end at the beginning of the “Season”. You repeat to keep the fitness for a period of time, with understandable limits that it can’t go on forever.

Another option would be to repeat the final 4 weeks of the specialty. This gives you more work at the front and the full 2 weeks of taper again. That could be more taper than needed, but you could adjust with longer workouts in the first half of the 3rd week if needed.

Edit to add this post, which is realted:

Thank you Chad.

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well at least it’s not training down the drain; you have something in June to look forward to!

Easy way might be just hitting the last month up to Mt Mitchell again, or selecting something else.

Hopefully the training was fun and you enjoyed the process; definitely not training down the drain.

Brendan

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Been there, it sucks. I was ready to go for my A marathon and got sick that week. Took two weeks of “downtime” and then did another 12 week marathon cycle. Smashed my half marathon PR and marathon PR. What I’m saying is sometimes these minor life setbacks work themselves out for the better.

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