We need to stop thinking in terms of “7 days” with running, cycling, or triathlon training schedules. People swear by 7, 10, and 14 day cycles of training, but there is no literature to support any “ideal” approach. Simply pick an approximate period of time (3-12 weeks or so) to work on a few key workouts (moderate to hard intensity), and space these workouts out accordingly. Once you start the plan keep in mind that YOU DO NOT have to do a key workout on a day that it was originally prescribed. You can simply listen to your body, go through the first interval or two, and if you’re not feeling good, push it off for another 24-48 hours or skip it. Structure your key workouts and cycles around how your body is responding to the training. Listen to your body, communicate with your coach, be more quantitative, and use training metrics like HRV, Critical Power/Velocity, and W’ Models to determine the placement and intensity of these key workouts.
Regardless of which approach you take, just be sure to avoid the mindset of, “No matter what, I have to get my track workout in on Wednesday.”
Jason Kilderry, NSCA-CPT, NSCA-CSCS, USA Level 1 Track and Field Coach, holds a master’s degree in Kinesiology from AT Still University and bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University. Jason is the owner of ETA Coach and Cythera Health. He comes highly recommended by his athletes for his help in improving their performance, health, and wellness. Jason coaches athletes who range in ability from newbies taking on their first race, to many who have qualified for various championships the Olympic Trials, Boston Marathon, New Jersey High School Meet of Champions, Ironman World Championships, Half Ironman World Championships, and the USA Triathlon National Championships. Think critically, question often, and train smart. www.etacoach.com