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Old 02-04-09, 03:23 PM   #1
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Why peak before race?

What is the difference in the race period and the peak period.
Why is there a separate period for peaking and racing?
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Old 02-04-09, 03:28 PM   #2
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Where did you get this terminology from?
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Joe Freil's training bible..
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Friel has several periods: Base, Build, Peak, Race. I think Peak is there as a bridge between build and race--lower intensity than race (higher than build) and lower volume than build (but higher than race).
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Joe Freil's training bible..
This was a setup so I could tell you to read the book again (the answer is in print) but his book wording is piss poor so you probably wouldn't see it
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Old 02-04-09, 03:36 PM   #6
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This was a setup so I could tell you to read the book again (the answer is in print) but his book wording is piss poor so you probably wouldn't see it
I referred back to the book before posting but it is not clear...
I was seeing if anybody here could go in depth a little better than he did.
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Yeah his book is kind of vague on some subjects. I use to to prop my front wheel while on the trainer now.
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Roughly, the peak period involves cutting back on volume while maintaining or increasing intensity.

The race period involves much less "training". You just race, recover, repeat.
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I thought you ment on race day

I just thought it was so you could spew your guts up behind a van or something and get it out of the way rather than in front of the whole group or folks watching.

But yeah if your racing twice a week (or more) or someting during summer, isn't every other training ride just a chance to recover?
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The peak cycle is like 2 weeks of busting your balls.

The race cycle is typically the week preceding your event. In that week you're actually focusing on recovering but maintaining just enough intensity to trick your body into adaptation of the previous 2 weeks workload.
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