I said it was a 12 week plan, but it's really 16 weeks and will take me well into June. That's a long time for building a base but that's by design. It's basically my adaptation of a block training plan modified to address my time-crunched lifestyle and need for lots of recovery.
Key elements of the plan consist of:
- Four 4-week blocks each peaking in the 3rd week followed by a recovery week.
- Only 3 rides per week...meaning plenty of recovery time (down time or time for other activities)
- Longer rides (for me at least...particularly for the Spring season)
- More flexibility for scheduling rides
If I follow this plan, I'll end up with close to my total mileage for all of last year by the end of June. So no doubt, there is a lot of cycling involved. We'll see how it goes.