I’m seeking advice on how to choose and scheduling my training plans for this year. I’ve read a number of other forum topics on this subject but was unclear what was general advice, what was hard-and-fast rules, and what was very individual, so I thought I’d make a specific post asking for help.
Here’s the deal: I have a 24 week period of time that starts after I finish an early-season 70.3 race. At the end of the 16th week is a 70.3 (B race), and then at the end of the 24 weeks is my overall A race for the year, a 140.6.
Here are my specific questions:
I’m reading that it’s best to do the full base if possible, then the full build if possible, and cut weeks off of the specialisation / peak plan if something must be cut. What’s the best way to plan that 24 weeks? Given that the Full plans are 12, 8, 8, does this wisdom suggest doing 12, 8, 4? Or is a more “equitable” split preferable?
I have read in other places (namely Friel) that it’s good to have a bit of “inter-season” of break between structured training blocks. Does anyone have anything to add about this, whether anecdotally or scientifically? Specifically, should I not jump into Full Distance Base Week 1 the first week of the 24 weeks because the weekend before I just did a 70.3? How long would I wait, and how does this change the answer to the above? Let’s say I took 2 weeks off. Then I’m left with 22. Does this now become 12, 8, 2?
The 70.3 B race takes place 16 weeks in. This doesn’t seem to fall naturally into a nice place in the Base or Build plans that would be going on around that time. What would be recommended treatment for this? I have no real desire or need to do an extended taper, but I would like to race hard-ish but jump back in for the subsequent week.
Thanks all for your help. This is my first real go-around with structured training, and hoping that the 140.6 will see a full base-build-peak cycle?!