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Extend 70.3 plan over the year

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    ap13
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    Hi,

    I’m a happy 70.3 level 3 plan owner and have a question for next season planning. My June race for 2021 has been cancelled due to covid and moved to June 2022. As I love following a structured program all year long (with different intensities/volumes of course :)), I wonder what is the best way to accomplish this and cover the whole year that separates me form the event.

    My idea was to leverage the Triathlon Maintenance plan. But which approach would you advise? Should I go for the 12-week maintenance plan + two back to back 21-week 70.3 plans? Or maybe use maintenance plans up to 21 weeks before the event and then use the 70.3 plan? Or something better you advise?

    Many thanks!

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    #12527
    Matt Fitzgerald
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    In these situations the best option usually is the one that keeps you most motivated. If it were me, I wouldn’t want to go for an entire year without either racing or at least “peaking” and doing some kind of time trial or fitness challenge. But you might prefer to take more of a maintenance approach, as long as you feel you’re not just treading water. Either route can lead you to the same place. A bit of semi-relevant reading:

    The Difference Between Athletic Development and Getting Fitter

    #12560
    ap13
    Participant

    Thank you for your answer Matt!

    I’ll then plan two back to back 70.3 plans with a week in between as a break. Along the lines of some other advise I found in other threads, I’ll schedule a “simulated” Half Ironman at the end of the first cycle (in January), and leave the planned race in June as the peak event for the second 21-week cycle. This should help me both with motivation and proper distribution of loads across so many weeks.

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