CTL and Tapering

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  1. JungleBiker

    JungleBiker New Member

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    Please can someone tell me if my train of thought is correct:

    The higher your CTL, the quicker it drops when easing up on the training volume/intensity, therefore at higher CTL levels less of a taper is needed to bring TSB up to say 10+ ready for a race.

    I seek confirmation because when my CTL was at a lower level than it is now, my coach once gave me a taper plan to follow, but I think now that my CTL is much higher I should not blindly follow the same plan but adjust it in order to arrive at the same target TSB on race day.

    Thanks.
    JB.
     
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  2. Spunout

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    Trust your coach.
     
  3. JungleBiker

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    Ah, sorry, I forgot to explain that I do not have a coach at present, hence the reason I am trying to adapt past coaching advice to my present circumstances! :D
     
  4. Piotr

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    I'm not sure that that's correct. I think the slope of the drop in CTL is more dependent on what (how much) you're doing while tapering, i.e. your ATL. If you want to compare how it drops without any training, you can experiment in your PMC and compare how it drops starting right now vs. how it would drop if you e.g. doubled your FTP setting.
     
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  6. Alex Simmons

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    I'd also add that at some CTLs (and especially for some events), a taper might be counter-productive.
     
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    Hi Alex

    I'd be interested, if you have the time, if you could elaborate a bit on this one.

    Thanks.

    PBUK
     
  8. Alex Simmons

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    i. Fitness (CTL) is sometimes more important than freshness (high TSB).
    ii. No point in tapering if CTL isn't high enough to start with.
     
  9. Porkyboy

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    Hi Alex

    Thanks for that, makes perfect sense.

    PBUK
     
  10. JungleBiker

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  11. JungleBiker

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    Hi Alex,
    i. I understand from elsewhere on these forums that fitness is more important than freshness for longer events. In my case the race will be an MTB cross country race of about 1.5 hours so I think freshness is important. How fresh, e.g. +10 or +15 or ?? is something I guess I will gradually learn as I accumulate experience/data from training and racing with a power meter.
    ii. One week before the race I expect my CTL to reach about 98 which I believe is high enough to justify a taper.
    Thanks.
    JB.
     
  12. Alex Simmons

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    Yes

    Yes
     
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