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Fitting level 3 70.3 plan into 16 weeks

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  • #12323
    Zpitts
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    I am coming off a level 2 70.3 race plan with good results. I got a slot for the St.G race in 16 weeks. I would like to upgrade to a level 3 plan as I will have good time over the summer to train (and sleep). I would like to work in some strength training in early as I feel like force may be a limiter for me and I want to get my FTP up. The standard plan is 21 weeks. What is the best way to shoe horn it in?

    #12325
    Matt Fitzgerald
    Moderator

    Was the 70.3 last weekend, so we’re talking about 16 total weeks between events? Please confirm as my answer to your question depends on your answer to mine. Thanks.

    #12326
    Zpitts
    Participant

    17 weeks between events and it has been 3 days since Chattanooga. I really will not be able to get back training until the first of June (4th) because of a family trip, but then I’m all in.

    #12327
    Matt Fitzgerald
    Moderator

    Thanks for the additional information. It seems a little risky to me to move up a level AND skip seven weeks of the new plan. Probably doable if you found the Level 2 load very easy to absorb, though. If I were your one-on-one coach, I would significantly modify the first few weeks beginning at the point where you pick it up to ease you in to the degree possible. Your next best option, honestly, is just to dive in at Week 7 and see how it goes. You won’t have lost much of the fitness you earned in the last cycle.

    #12331
    Zpitts
    Participant

    OK, on your advice I wanted to look at what doing a level 2 again but adding strength training looked like and…So I applied the OLD level 2 plan and clearly I’m doing something wrong cause this doesn’t look right. My fitness drops off and stays flat all summer. Do I need to purchase a new level 2 plan based on my current fitness or something…?

    #12332
    Matt Fitzgerald
    Moderator

    Don’t believe those numbers. They fail to account for how your body has changed as a result of going through the preceding cycle. You can and likely will get fitter by repeating the same training.

    #12333
    Zpitts
    Participant

    Not trying to be difficult but what is the point of having numbers like fatigue and form that help me not overreach and show that I am appropriately stressing my body if they are not right. I use those numbers (along with my assessment of how I feel) to gauge whether I need to cut back or stop whining and get on with it. Is there anyway in Training Peaks to adjust that so it shows correctly. Right now my form never drops below -12 which would generally indicate I’m not working hard enough.

    #12334
    Matt Fitzgerald
    Moderator

    The performance management chart was not created by God. It was created by human beings, and it’s not perfect. I should also point out that I am not one of the human beings who created the PMC, so I am not the person to defend it. I do find it quite useful, but maximizing its usefulness requires a certain degree of finessing. Coach David wrote a good article on this topic that I will share with you now:

    Your Performance Management Chart Is Lying To You

    #12335
    Zpitts
    Participant

    And thanks for you time answering my post!

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