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Old 07-12-18, 08:22 PM
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rubiksoval
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I think it's going to depend a lot on the athlete, the experience, and the events. I'd be more concerned with performance than what the chart shows.

With CTL declining, how did you feel in your last A event? Still good?

I've found that I can still race crits really well with significantly lower CTL, but road races start suffering pretty quickly.

Here's my chart from 2016 where I did a better job of periodizing. First big block was in preparation for April and May races, CTL peaked at 100 before dropping to 89 by the end of the racing block. Had a few really good races. 2nd build was in June for Elite RR and Crit Nats. CTL peaked at 104 in mid June and dropped to 89 again by the event date on July 2nd or whenever. Had really good races getting 11th in the crit and 48th or something in the RR, though I still got dropped 100 miles in to the RR by virtue of never doing races anywhere near that long.

Never got above 92 for the rest of the season but residual fitness and race sharpness carried me through to a couple of more wins and podiums.

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