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Matthew Sarge

Would shorter events, such as Olympic Distance races (low 2hrs) still be long enough for a base period intensity focus? Such as a progression from short speed to VO2 max to threshold as you approach race season?

Joe Friel

Matthew Sarge - I'd suggest using standard periodization (Base=accumulation, Build=racelike and higher) for younger (<50) triathletes doing Oly distance.

Stefan L

so a possible preparation for a 1000km brevet could be to focus on endurance training during the whole base and build phase to increace duration and decrease decoupling? and additionaly have some tempo/interval workouts to train higher intensity?

Joe Friel

Stefan L--Yes, that sounds like a good general plan.

Andreas Laursen

Have you read this by Nick Grantham : http://iceskatingresources.org/EnduranceTrainingPlan.pdf ? What's your opinion to that ? I think the arguments for reverse periodization in this article is good.

Joe Friel

Andreas Laursen - No I haven't. I'll take a look.

Max Carter

If I was going to build a reverse periodisation plan using your book, The Cyclist Training Bible. Would a good way to do it be by starting with Build 2, then Build 1. Then start increasing hours, reducing amount anaerobic endurance work, and increasing threshold and speed skills?

Joe Friel

Max Carter--It's a pretty complex arrangement, Max. A bit too complex to answer here, esp since I don't know anything about you. As the post above suggests, if your race is longer than about 4h you can do high-intensity training in the late base period and high-volume/duration in the build periods. There's no need to change the names of the periods. "Base" doesn't necessarily mean to train long and slow, altho we've come to think of it that way. It's actually referred to as "general preparation" in periodization-speak. That means doing what is not specific to the event. If high-intensity is not specific for your event then high intensity is still a general prep workout (i.e., a "base" workout). Good luck!

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