December 7, 2021 at 11:53 am #15562winoriaModerator
Hi 80/20 team,
I was hoping to get some help with my upcoming race season.
I’m currently following the triathlon maintenance plan but will switch to the 70.3 Level 3 plan on February 14th in order to be well prepared for the 70.3 Musselman that will take place on July 10th.
Following the 70.3 Musselman I am planning on a very easy week without running:
Monday (full day of rest): I will go back to the 70.3 Level 3 plan to get prepared for Ironman 70.3 Zell am See Kaprun, Austria and basically do the last 6 weeks of the plan. The Zell am See 70.3 will be on August 28th, which means I have a total of 7 weeks between the races, but one of these 6 weeks will be a recovery week from the first race.
Now, to make things more complicated, my second race, the Zell am See one, is in a different time zone (6 hours). I was planning on leaving the US 3 weeks before the race.
How would you recommend should I – if any – make adjustments to my plan?
Or can I simply keep training as if I never traveled from the US to Europe?
Lastly, can I expect to perform at peak for both races or should I make adjustments to my training if the race in Zell am See is prioritized over Musselman?
I’m already signed up for both races, so the dates cannot be adjusted anymore 🙂
Thanks in advance
WinoriaDecember 12, 2021 at 6:06 pm #15625David WardenKeymaster
winoria, sorry for the delay. The 80/20 team (all 4 of us) are at an in-person meeting this week, and we’ve been in meetings all day each day. We’re a bit behind on correspondence.
I’ve never adjusted athletes nor my own training based on a timezone change, even when traveling +8, +12, +17 hours away for a race. Maybe I’m wrong and there is a better method in that scenario, but I’m not aware of one. Particularly with 3 weeks in the new timezone? Easy. Sure, you may want to move an easy/rest day to your travel day, but that’s all I’d change.
You can expect to perform at peak fitness for both evens, the time between is enough.
One change to your rest week plan after the first 70.3, I’d change the longest bike to be a 4-hour ride as the last workout before the rest day.
DavidDecember 13, 2021 at 6:38 am #15628winoriaModerator
thanks, I truly appreciate your feedback.
I hope you guys had fruitful discussions. Isn’t it nice to have in person meetings? I feel it is so much more beneficial compared to video conferences, etc.
To make sure I got your recommendations right:
You recommend to replace my above mentioned 2h ride with a 4h (but still zone 1?) ride and do the ride the day before the rest day, so basically make it look like this:
Sunday: CRE13 but 4h instead of 2h
winoriaDecember 13, 2021 at 6:02 pm #15645David WardenKeymaster
Looks great! Seal of approval granted.
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