Some people don’t even have one and I have two? Sounds crazy in my mind.
But: there’s a point in having two.
Training plans are all about goals. So I have a training plan for my long term goals and a plan for short term goals. This makes decisions a lot easier for me, if the question arises when, how often and what I should train.
Here’s how I split things up:
Let’s be honest, I will not make it into pro cycling 😉
– good overall fitness
– no chronic fractures or muscular imbalances
– good overal mental health (no Alzheimer when I’m old)
– wanna ride Paris-Brest-Paris
– wanna ride something like the Transcontinental race
– whenever possible, swap car-ride with bike
– save a whole lot of money by riding my bike 🙂
Therefore I plan a cycling-, running- or triathlon-race every few months. Then I divide my training time into periods. Usually this means a three week build up, followed by a rest week.
Goals are almost the same:
– raise functional threshold power
– raise endurance
– work on technique
The good thing on this 2-plan setup is, that there is a higher goal, which I can focus on. So for example my training plan says ftp-intervalls, but my muscles are aching, I decide to throw in a rest day. This means I sacrifice speed in my next race for my overall goal of “no chronic diseases”.
Or even in “B”-races, when I don’t go all out, just to be able to commute the following week for my overall “car-swap”-target.
What’s your “life-long-training-plan”?