Timing is Everything: The What, When, and How of Annual Training

As the age-old adage goes, timing is everything. It's a critical to consider the three phases pre-season phase when timing your goal events.  Choosing A vs. B races, when to start the weight lifting and base phases, and how to approach a peak and taper all come down to timing. With a little bit of preparation and planning, and a tip from Goldilocks, we can come into next season not too hot, not too cold, but just right. 

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In this episode, we cover:

  1. ½ life of aerobic endurance adaptations
  2. Goldilocks Principle - porridge too hot, too cold, just right
  3. 42 day time constant in TrainingPeaks CTL TSTWKT chart
  4. Half Life of Weight Lifting
  5. Coaches anecdote - find that most athletes peak better in the first ½ of the season (first peak attempt) than the second because the half life from weight lifting, and build a true base are further than the 1st peak
  6. The Group Ride HERO
  7. Examples of TIMING - what to do and WHEN and how much of.

Be sure to listen to our previous and relevant podcasts: Planning your upcoming race season Post-Season Break Weight Lifting for Cyclists

About Frank Overton

Frank founded FasCat Coaching in 2002 and has been a full time cycling coach since 2004. His educational background includes a Masters degree in Physiology from North Carolina State University, pre-med from Hampden-Sydney College. Frank raced at a professional level on the road and mountain bike and currently competes as a "masters" level gravel and cyclocrosser. Professionally Frank comes from medical school spinal cord research and molecular biotechnology. However, to this day it is a dream come true for Frank to be able to help cyclists as a coach.

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