Just as a general break from the ISM/Coggan/Seiler zones rock/suck/confusethehellouddame threadfest I’d like to chuck out a controversy of a different more orthogonal nature: How should fondo riders periodize?
Now I am an old fart and not a racer but do run fondos. So on the grounds that point of periodization is to hit the various systems as and when you need them approaching your race how should a total steady state rider go about this. It strikes me that base>build>specialty is not the right way to do it if you are long of tooth and grey of hair. The base bit is surely ingrained by now and the need to get the VO2max up and manage its half life is not such an issue approaching race day. The whole gig is to get the overall engine up to full on diesel mode as big as you can. At the risk getting groans and eye rolls from the cognescenti, does this not argue for a inversion of the typical? Reverse periodisation or at the least a swap in the build and base, perhaps hold on to the specialty as the lead in?