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    I have change my goals along the way this year. How do I change my plan to line up with my new goals.
    I also just finished a race which was longer than the trained for, how do I make adjustments for that.

    Matt Fitzgerald

    Hi Carsten,

    When you say you’ve changed your goals, do you mean that you now have reduced performance goals for the races you plan to participate in or that you’ve changed your actual race schedule?

    Regarding your second question, my answer depends on the specific type and distance of the race you just finished. (Congratulations, by the way!) If it was an Olympic-distance triathlon, that’s one thing; if it was a 100-mile ultramarathon, that’s quite another.

    Coach Matt


    I was training to a 75k ultra which got cancelled and found a 100k trail which I ran instead.
    I was tired in the end but felt strong.

    So I was looking for after or between runs restitution plan.

    Currently I am not sure how many ultra runs to prepare/plan for during the year. There is multiple 100k or 100m that I would like to do.

    I am new to the ultra and would like to start slow, with not too many runs.

    Can I do 60K between the ultra’s long run goals.

    Matt Fitzgerald

    We have free maintenance plans that serve this purpose:

    There are no hard-and-fast rules governing frequency of racing. To some extent it depends on your goals. If your goal is to achieve true maximal performance, you should limit your ultra racing to about four events per year. If you really enjoy racing frequently and you don’t mind if racing too frequently prevents you from ever putting out a true 100% performance, then it’s okay to compete more often, as long as your body is durable enough to handle it.


    My goal is to run and participate not race on maximal performance.

    Matt Fitzgerald

    In that case I think it’s fine to do a 60K event on your way toward a longer race.


    How do I rebuild the training plan in training peaks to the new goals?

    Matt Fitzgerald

    There’s no simple answer to that question. Inserting a race into the middle of a training plan creates a ripple effect of required adjustments in both directions. The training in the last 2-3 days before the race needs to be made lighter so you go into it with fresh legs. But the training in the few weeks preceding the race might need to be increased slightly to ensure you’re fit enough. The training that follows the race needs to be modified to provide total rest initially followed by a gradual return to normal training.

    We offer a training plan modification service that you can use if you’d like us to make the adjustments for you:

    Custom Plans


    The Race I was aiming for I am no longer able to do because of other activities.
    So I was to change my goal and align the plan accordingly. So I thought that when I have access to all the plans I would be able to delete the current structured training and apply a new program from the library.
    Or is this not how it works?

    David Warden


    I see that you are an 80/20 Gold subscriber (apologies we can’t identify that from your forum login, I had to verify in our Subscriber database). Yes, as a Gold subscriber you can switch to any plan in the 80/20 library. However, TrainingPeaks does not yet allow for the ability for us to share our entire library with you.

    Instead, we load an unload your 80/20 plan at your request and can help modify the plan to meet your goals. The formal place to submit that plan change is but I can do that directly by e-mail on here on this thread.

    Just tell me the distance and level you want (using the form above, e-mail me, or right here), and the dates of those events and I’ll set it up on your calendar.


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