I just recently finished my spring A race (Chattanooga 70.3) and have about 14 weeks until my next big half. I’ve read the instructions for “Peaking for Multiple “A” Races” and am aware that the general recommendation is to do a re-build, i.e. to backstep from the end of specialty as far back as the timeframe between races allows.
I’m wondering if this is still the best route for someone who is a brand new TR user and hasn’t previously gone through the full base/build phases?
I do have a strong base in general - I put in 12-16hr weeks leading up to Chattanooga 70.3 and had a strong race there, coming in top 10 amateur female. I’m quite familiar with structured training, having been working with a coach for the past few years. That being said, I haven’t previously had a strong bike focus and I’m a novice when it comes to the TR workouts. Before I was spending 4-7hrs/week on the bike, but most weeks only had 2 rides (one 2.5hr midweek ride, one long weekend ride, both with intervals). My W/kg at FTP is about 3.8 as of now.
I’m planning on picking up the mid-volume 70.3 somewhere. If I were to follow the general “peaking for multiple A races” strategy, I’d start up with build week 3 and go through the rest of build and all the way through specialty. I’m wondering instead if I should go for more of a Frankenstein approach, starting with doing a week or so of base to see how I do with the TR structure, then moving on to do some abbreviated version of build and/or specialty?