The Annual Training Plan Model

Fitness in cycling is a tough task master, for you can’t procrastinate. If you want to perform well in the late spring and summer, then now is when you have to lay in long tough hours on the bike. Living in a place where the weather doesn’t … uhm … cooperate that means lots of hours in a basement and not outside on the endless road. If you don’t prepare, there is little you can do even a month or two ahead of the date. If you’re fitness isn’t there, it isn’t there. You can try to cheat, pump up your VO2 max with some hard interval sets in the days before an event, but if your endurance isn’t there … lot’s of groveling at the back (or off the back) of the pack will be your fate. Fitness and strength are things you can’t “cheat” at, but need to be slowly worked up.

Training cycles (periodization or varying the workload in a regular periodic fashion to ratchet yourselves into top condition), rest days, hard days, BT (break-through) workouts, interval sets, and lots of other training esoterica figure prominently in the weeks and months of training. Fitness is never static it’s either improving or the reverse. Via Training Peaks, I set up a list of my weaknesses, strengths, hours I intend to spend training, my “A”, “B” and “C” races which determine when I hope to peak in the year. From that a plan to best reach my goals, work on my weaknesses as well as keeping those things I’m good at tuned.

Why do we so often suspect that is not the case for our intellectual and spiritual life as well. In the next week, between Christmas and New Year, I have some time off from work. I’m going to try to lay out my “Training Plan”, set goals and try to set a plan and how that goes, eh?

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  1. […] As I wrote just a short time ago, cycling is a harsh task-master (task-mistress?). However because of this, training and training planning is quite sophisticated. In lieu of “New Years Resolutions”, or perhaps a more complicated version of the same, I’m going to undertake in the remaining parts of this week to develop my “Annual Training Plan”, not for cycling but for my intellectual and religious/Christian development as well. And to do this, I’m going to follow the model developed for the cycling training plan, because again the rigor required to get to a high(er) level than I’ve achieved yet in cycling seems a useful model. For in cycling, one is trying to push oneself to the highest levels of your own personal limits (be those limits genetic, age, and/or the amount of time which you can commit to your sport). The first part of the training plan, when one is setting it up, is to decide how much time one can allot to your endeavor. How much time annually can I (you?) commit to my intellectual and spiritual development. This number will be used later when daily and weekly hourly commitments of time and effort are determined. For now, I’m going to go with about 400 for each. Embarrassingly enough, my cycling ATP number is higher (but not combined!). Hmm, I’ll have to reflect on that! […]