I am brand new to TR, and I’m trying to figure out the best way to prepare for my races by planning backward. If I know the date of the race, what is the BEST way to train for it by scheduling it backward? It looks like the traditional base is 12 weeks; the build phase is eight weeks; the specialty phase is eight weeks. Does that mean I need to calculate twenty-eight weeks ahead of my race?
Also, in the offseason, is it smart to extend the base phase through January?
Lastly, after I race, where would I begin again? I usually do crits but also want to focus on TT’s and RRs. I’m looking for some support as I start my winter training. Thanks for any help!