Joe Friel. Tri Vs. Road
Hi all. I've been on a periodization schedule per Joe Friel's "Triathlete's Training Bible" for a bit now. However I've only been doing the cycling bit. I'm really not interested in tris right now, though maybe towards the end of next year. Right now my focus is on a road race on May 3rd. It's a 31 mile, dead flat course.
My question is this: Should I follow Joe Friel's periodization for triathlon and stay in a low aerobic zone for base training for the next couple of months, then do his build periods, then peak, then race? In other words, would following his training plan for the bike leg of a triathlon be suitable for the road race I want to do in May?
I have 4 months of training under my belt, and have been seeing marked improvement in the last couple of months. Obviously, I still need base, but should I perhaps include some power and speed workouts once or twice a week?
I'd just hate to get lots of good aerobic endurance (which is already pretty decent), and then lose all of my speed and power.
I've considered buying Friel's "Cyclist's TB", but have heard it's based a lot on power training (much like "TTB". I deal with it and try and fit in lactate zones as opposed to powr zones. Just wondering how much different "CTB" is from "TTB"), which I DEFINITELY do not have the money to get into right now.
I've also got CC's "The Lance Armstrong Performance Program: 7 Weeks To the Perfect Ride", also, and really like some of his workouts, but he doesn't really pinpoint where in relation to my race I should work on them. He mentions that trying to do them all at the same time doesn't work very well, but doesn't say how long I should do base, nor how much I should devote myself to it, as opposed to fitting in some power/speedwork.
I'd like to do one of those on-line coach things, but being a poor 20 year old, it just isn't really possible.
Thanks in advance,