(i also posted this question on facebook). I am trying to figure out my training plan (using the calendar). In Australia we have A events in Autumn (March through May 19) and then A events in Sept/Oct. I normally do a full base/build/speciality over summer (Nov through Feb) and then manage the two peaks using a build/speciality mix (as has been covered well on the podcast etc by Chad and the team).
This year due to the timing, i am short by about 4 weeks in my base/build/speciality cycle over the summer months. I run a high level of fitness all year (averaging ~ 500 to 700 TSS all year). i am trying to work out, do i cut short my base on the theory i already have a good level of aerobic fitness coming into the training cycle or do i cut short my rolling road race by a few weeks at the end on the basis it is just sharpening.
I am guessing the pros have a similar issue when they come off the grand tour season in the end of August and then are back racing for Tour down under in Jan?