So I'm using Trainingpeaks Virtual Coach (follows Joel Friel's training schedule methods), started the offseason training 9/10 and I currently have two scenarios.
Scenario A - Plan to peak at First Road Race (in February)
Scenario B - Peak at next Road Race (April).
Outside the timing of the peaks, I see that with scenario A, I immediately start with base 1 training (weights 2-3 times a week heavy load/ low reps, moderate cycling), while with B I have 5 weeks of Prep phase (light lifting/high reps 3 times a week, Isolated leg drills and light cycling) then move into Base.
I can see how the prep phase can help prevent injuries but will one scenario be more beneficial than the other in terms of overall improvement by the end of the season? I understand that a good base is vital to proper preparation but taking it further, dues a good prep phase then dicate that you will have a good base?
Anyways thoughts from you real racers are appreciated.