Plan Feedback/Help In-between Objectives

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    Nicklas McKittrick
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    Overview: attached is a PDF outline of my training plan for a few upcoming objectives for late summer-fall. My primary question/s have to do with what do I do in between these “objectives.” These are weeks 17-21 in the PDF and weeks 23-28. For context, my “objectives” are NOT technical, my primary focus/goal is being able to cover ground (estimates of 10+ miles per day some on-trail and off-trail) and elevation gains/loses around 4,000 ft.

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    Reed on #51478

    Focus on recovery. You’re not going to build any fitness during your week 16, as an example. Prepare with a recovery / taper week in order to be ready, if it’s going to be a difficult couple of days, and then give yourself plenty of time the following week to recovery. Reduce load by 50% and walk / jog / swim. Similarly for your October back-to-back-to-back weekends.

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    LindsayTroy on #51484

    I agree with Reed though I think its important to have a 2 week taper before the objectives if you want to be at full capacity.

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    Nicklas McKittrick on #53306

    Thanks for the feedback. If I am “hearing” you correctly. The principle/expectation for before an “objective” is to taper appropriately (1-2 weeks depending on expected demand of objective) and then in between objectives is to recover (light work) and maintain but not expect to increase. Is that correct, or if there is enough time in between objectives could I expect to build on my base?

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    Reed on #53308

    If you have enough time between your events, you could certainly build fitness. That’s probably best measured in months, not days. Another approach to consider is using your intermediate events as training sessions. Rather than a 2-week taper and an all-out effort, you might go slower and easier – less need for tapering preparation, and faster recovery afterwards. A Saturday/Sunday trek of 10-15 miles/day with 4,000 feet of gain could be something that you can recover from within a few days, if you’re building on a good foundation and you stay well within your capacity (very low intensity).

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