March 23, 2020 at 8:41 am #7080
As far as I have understood your Training Plans, they are tailored to build up for a race (and/or the race season).
As soon as the race season is over and off-season starts, what is the best way to continue to train during the winter and until the start of the first formal plan in the upcoming race season?March 23, 2020 at 8:55 am #7081
Thanks for checking in! The answer is absolutely our Maintenance plans. They are designed for this exact purpose: to bridge the gap between the start of a formal training plan. Right now, they are also free as our way to support athletes in the COVID-19 crisis to transition more easily between cancelled or postponed events.
DavidMarch 23, 2020 at 9:02 am #7082
TBH, I am a bit confused 😀
The Maintenance plans are focusing on high intensity but low volume session, as far as I can see. This makes sense for me to bridge the gap during race season to the next formal training plan for a race.
Isn’t the off season meant to work a lot on the foundation (which would mean high volume but low intensity)?March 23, 2020 at 9:13 am #7083
This depends on your accepted periodization method. Classic prioritization (as originally developed by Tudor Bompa) focuses on speed in the general phase and distance (where applicable) in the specific phase. Reverse periodization, accepted by many other coaches, is the opposite theory that you first work on distance and then introduce speed in the specific phase.
I can make a strong argument for both methods and respect other coaches who choose differently, but we feel that classic periodization is best. The Maintenance plans reflect that method. You’ll find that the Maintenance plans still maintain long, slow distance and foundation. For example, the triathlon Maintenance plan still performs regular 2 hour bike rides and 1.5 hour runs. That’s plenty of long, low intensity to maintain your aerobic base to be ready to jump into any long-distance plan.
Remember, 80/20 training also specifies that the ratio of high to low intensity never changes, regardless of the periodization phase. It’s just a matter of the distribution of Zone 3, 4, and 5 within that 20% that differs in the Maintenance plan.
DavidMarch 23, 2020 at 9:22 am #7084
Ok, perfect. Now I got it.
Another question: What is your take on specific strength training during off-season? Anything I should do differently than during race prep plans?March 23, 2020 at 3:10 pm #7086
Yes, using Joe Friel’s strength training system (see Chapter 18 of the book Triathlon Science) the Strength Maintenance phase is ideal to pair with the Maintenance plan. Our free strength plugins do OK with this, but our premium 80/20 strength plans follow this phase very well.
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