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Peaking for Multiple "A" Races

So you've prioritized which races are your highest priority races, or A races, for the season.  That's great!  Now let's figure out how your training will make sure that you're as fast as you can possibly be on those days.  When we prioritize our A races, they are often not spaced at ideal intervals.  The race schedule is dictated by race organizers, which does not always line up perfectly with your Training Schedule.  

TrainerRoad has introduced Adaptive Training as a feature to help you prepare for multiple A-races or key events throughout your training season. TrainerRoad uses Adaptive Training to help you peak for multiple A-races based on the principles of periodization and adaptive training strategies.

  1. Training Plan Creation: Using our Plan Builder feature, you will create a plan unique to your needs. You will be asked a series of questions and a custom plan will be built for you. This plan typically includes a structured sequence of workouts, designed to progressively build your fitness and prepare you for your target events.
  2. Goal Setting: While using Plan Builder you will specify your primary A-races or key events for the season. These races might have different profiles, such as time trials, criteriums, or road races, which would require different types of training adaptations. Based on your goals, TrainerRoad will create a customized training plan for you.
  3. Assessment and Baseline: A training plan typically starts with an initial assessment or a baseline evaluation of your fitness level. This can be done through a variety of methods, such as a Ramp Test to determine your FTP (Functional Threshold Power). This baseline data provides TrainerRoad with an understanding of your current fitness level.

  4. Adaptive Training: Here's where the "adaptive" part comes in. Throughout your training season, TrainerRoad's Adaptive Training system continuously monitors your progress and adapts your training plan accordingly. It takes into account various factors, such as how well you're completing workouts, your recovery status, and any changes in your performance metrics.

  5. Peaking for A-races: To ensure you peak for your A-races, the system may make the following adjustments:

    • Tapering: As your A-race approaches, the system may incorporate tapering periods. Tapering involves reducing training volume and maintaining intensity to allow your body to recover and be in peak form on race day.

    • Specificity: The training plan becomes more event-specific as you get closer to your A-races. Workouts may simulate the demands of your target race type, such as sprint intervals for criteriums or longer threshold efforts for time trials.

    • Recovery: The system may schedule recovery weeks or days strategically to ensure you're not fatigued when it matters most. Recovery is crucial for adaptation and performance improvement.

    • Adjustments: If the system detects that you're not responding well to a particular type of training or are experiencing excessive fatigue, it can adjust your plan on the fly to optimize your progress.

  6. Post-Race Analysis: After your A-race, the system will also consider your performance and recovery. It will then adjust your training plan for subsequent races or training blocks based on your new baseline fitness level and goals.

Remember that the specific implementation of Adaptive Training may vary between different platforms and software updates. To get the most accurate and up-to-date information on how TrainerRoad's Adaptive Training works and how it can help you peak for multiple A-races, I recommend checking their official website or contacting their support team for the latest details and guidance.

Podcast Discussion:

[19:10] Podcast 134:  Peaking for Multiple A Races

[47:13] Podcast 075:  Maintenance Phase

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