Hi there – A few months back, I finished 8 weeks of Half Distance Build, which was preceded by 8 weeks of Half Distance Base. The cycling workouts seemed pretty spot-on to my taste. Then COVID hit, and my target race was postponed. I fumbled around a bit, finishing most of a mid-volume Full Distance Build, thinking that I might sneak in an IM circa August (ha! what a dreamer).
Then it became clear that races weren’t happening, and I was feeling pretty burnt-out on ~15 weeks of intense, ~.90+ IF interval workouts. So why not go back to base work, while we’re in this holding pattern? And why not add some volume, since there’s nothing better to do these days?
I’ll tell you why not – the high-volume Full Distance Base plan includes some pretty gnarly VO2-max workouts. What’s the thinking behind this? By comparison, the high-volume Half Distance Base plan (at least as of February) included zero VO2-max work.
My experienced triathlete and cyclist friends all have the same reaction I did – “WTF?” But (certain run recommendations aside), TR seems pretty solid to me, and I’m guessing there’s a method to the madness. Coach Chad has my full respect, both for his attention to science and his taste in beer. But I’d love to know what the method is before I suffer through Mist in a few weeks (finished Dade -1 today – fun!)
Maybe there’s no downside to VO2-max work year-round, and I just need to stop being such a wimp?
Thanks for any insights!