Background: I am planning multiple triathlons this summer (hopefully they actually happen). They are a sprint distance, three weeks later another sprint, three weeks later an Olympic, and approximately 9 weeks later a half Ironman. The middle sprint and half Ironman are the two races I care about. The other two are more practice.
My question is this…has there been any guidance/recommendations provided about how to adjust a plan for a race in the middle of a plan? I looked around on the forums but could not find anything. Should I just substitute the races for planned workouts?
Following. Great question. I am in the same boat. New to SUF but when I was comparing platforms I saw that [one of the other platforms] automatically adjusted the plan for intermediate races. I don’t see that feature in theSUF. 80/20 Triathlon book discusses the subject and suggests just sliding in a one week taper before the middle event.
A thought that struck my mind when reading your racing schedule was that if you finish a plan prior to the first race, it could fit very well with 3 week special focus Building blocks in between, using the rest week of each block as taper. Then, for the nine week between races, a plan with e.g. 6 weeks duration and 3 weeks special focus going into the race.
But that is just some immediate thoughts from a non-expert, hope you get some expert advice from any of the coaches
I would look at the overall race plan for the year, then select a start time for your training plans so the last recovery week falls just before the races you want to do well in.
Aren’t the building block plans cycling only? I’ve been training long enough that I could fill in runs and swims, but I would prefer to not have to.
That is of course a very good point Brian. Not used to take account for two more disciplines in addition to cycling. Having a struggle just making time for cycling myself. Ok, Sorry about that then. Still, hope you get a proper answer from a coach
No problem, it was a good suggestion. Right now I’m following a plan I had purchased on TrainingPeaks and doing SUF strength and some yoga. I’d prefer to have all my training in one place though.
For in-season races during a plan (non-Mt Sufferlandria events so “B” or “C” races), I change the weekend outside rides to race day and the indoor workout to Sat or Sun. I usually do the indoor workout on the plan and adjust the targets down if feeling fatigued.