Focus for the block
- maintain weekly mileage, vertical gain and training hours
- transition quality training days towards race specific and steady state work
- taper gradually over a four week period towards the race
- Time: 92hrs
- Distance: 790km
- Vertical gain: 30 600m
Green bubbles = normal training
Yellow bubbles = workout
Red bubbles = race
XT = cross training
Review of the block
I've had another five great weeks of training and I'm really looking forward to seeing how these come together in the race. I did one full high-volume week and then cut the second one short by two days as I was right on the edge of doing too much. Effectively I achieved three full weeks and five days of ~200km/week volume which was a solid period of training. I feel like I've done some of my best training ever.
In the taper I felt ok in the first week, terrible in the second week and by the end of the third week I was feeling strong and ready to race. I'm hoping that one more week (which includes travel) will be just right to peak for the race. At the very least I confirmed that three weeks are better than two for me in a taper. Let's hope I've got the taper formula exactly right!