I generally like to track my CTL and ATL…
I was wondering… does anyone consider these numbers when deciding about starting a plan?
what CTL and relative ATL do you want to have before you start a plan? in other words, how “fresh” should you be before jumping into such and such plan and does it vary by plan? for example: since generally people move from a base to a build plan, I guess the ATL is going to be higher and the athlete will be less “fresh” than when they start the first day of a sweet spot base plan.
It would seem extremely foolish to try to start a high volume plan if your CTL is only 35-40 right?
So doesn’t it seem wise to try to pick a training plan which conforms with a rule where you only increase your training load by no more than 10% for any given time frame?
I theorize that simply having 3 plans, low/mid/high is sort of foolish. in reality, one should develop a plan which delivers a training load that is no more than 10% higher than what they have been doing over the past 6 weeks.
for example… an athlete has been finding that mid volume is something they can handle… they have sorta plateaued and they want to increase volume to see if that gets them out of the plateau… They might try the high volume plan… but that is effectively about a 30% jump in training volume! so they should scale back workouts constantly so that the volume jump is more like 10%… right?