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Location: Newton Ctr. MA
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Preventing Early Peaks?
How not to blow your load too early...
I peaked poorly in mid April.
I started a nice, steady build in early May and have been building ever since.
The last 4 weeks I've had some pretty stellar legs, leaving me to feel like I may be hitting a nice peak (we all know the feeling), and I'd like some advice on how to prevent a full on "Peak" followed by the typical "Un-Peak" that follows.
I'd like to Peak for a Sage race Sept 4th.
So, my perspective thus far has been:
Dont apply enough stress on my body/mind that I over-extend to the point of an early Peak in fitness (and the mental burnout that accompanies)
Dont keep riding at the same intensity so that my fitness wont stagnate/regress due to "understress".
So lately I've been bringing 1 VO2 max WO per week into the fold and have been hitting some solid LT work including some BT workouts as of late, but trying to keep BT workouts to 1-2 times per week, at most.
What this means is that I'll aim at 420w as opposed to 440w OR do fewer reps OR really listen to the body if it wants to shut it down.
So far I feel pretty confident about my plan, But I'd love some advice on postponing/preventing a peak.