Pezcyclingnews: Implementing The Annual Training Plan


Jan 3, 2005
ToolBox: It has been said, If you fail to plan, you may as well plan to fail. If you want to get the most out of your training program, you need a plan. Jumping on your bike and riding at random will help for a short time, but without a plan, youll eventually plateau out and fail to make gains. By Tim Cusick, PCG coachIn endurance sports, periodized planning is the format most frequently followed. In part one we reviewed the three steps of planning preparation. Now we are moving on to actual creation of the plan. Just to summarize, the total plan steps are:phase 1 is plan prep:1.Set a goal.2.Complete your diagnosis.3.Develop your needs analysis.Phase 2 is creating the plan:4.Create the periodized plan.5.Implement workouts.6.Track and tweak results.Step 4: Create the Periodized PlanOne of the most important things to consider in the development of an annual periodized plan is your key event data. The development of your plan should focus on getting you to perform at your peak on that day. Using that as the target, the periodization steps start to fall into place.Part 1: Schedule your key event. This is simple. Start working with a calendar or basic spreadsheet and record the key date you need to perform. Then count back one week from that date and mark that day as the peak, because you want to target your peak at least a week before your big event.Part 2: Count backward from your peak. Now that you know the...

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