Thanks for buying these plans. I hope the skimo plan has helped you with your training this season.
NOTE: If you have not started with Mike’s plan yet I suggest you reload the latest version. We are regularly tweaking/updating these plans to make them better.
Regarding your question about modifying it for mid-plan racing such as the Broken Arrow. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1) These plans by their very nature are rather general. We do not know who will be using them and for what events. We try to narrow down the target audience with some of the caveats in the description. They are designed to prepare you for a target or “A” event 20 weeks or so away.
2) These plans can be modified. This will take some skill and careful planning on your part. Being familiar with training theory will be necessary for you to do this modification well. We provide that theory in both “Training for the New Alpinism” and more specifically for runners in “Training for the Uphill Athlete”. We also have a great deal of free info here on the site. Modifications to these plans will require you to roll up your sleeves and do some work though.
3) The core of Mike’s plan is the ME workouts in the first 9 weeks. These have a very powerful training stimulus but trying to race well in Week 10 is probably not going to give great results. Luke Nelson used this program (he did 13 ME workouts over 16 weeks) to place 8th in the Tor d’Geant race last September off an 9 month average weekly mileage of 43miles/week. So, this stuff works but you need to use it as designed.
4) Since you’ve been running all winter you’ll be able to launch fully into this plan. That’s In the first 9 weeks of the plan the weekly running mileage is rather modest while we build the ME work.
I hope this helps.