Cyclingnews Fitness Q&A - April 20, 2010 wrote:What I'm sure of is that when we have people do a good base followed by LT work and more base for another month, and then have them start racing, their best racing form hits a few weeks later. Then, as they continue to get plenty of super hard training in the form of racing in a field where they have to suffer to compete, form begins to disappear roughly 6-10 weeks later. If hard training were the secret to racing ability, they should only get stronger and stronger once racing starts, but that never happens.
I have often wondered when one should go back to base training.
The unanswered question in my head is whether the above applies to Club level riders or just to pros? My theory, of the year, is race more and I will get better at racing. However, the above indicates that I need to have breaks (and quite long ones) where I go back to base training. I know from reading Friel that you plan your year as a 1 to x peak season and do a recovery then base 2, followed by a build 2 phase after each peak. Peaks being your A races. My schedule looks like a whole bunch of races with some more important than the others. i.e., I am in Build 2 all year.
I read another article on PEZ that indicated that with the amount of time most club cyclists have to train - 12hr pw I think was the figure mentioned - the should spend much more time on intensive training rather than base miles.
Building Early Season Fitness 2: Tempo Training, Tuesday, January 12, 2010 wrote:...but for the athlete on limited time you are well served on a diet of tempo/threshold workouts week to week.