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2008 timescale for target phases

Posted by thepeteplan on April 13, 2008

I have now consulted the calendar and split the time between now and the British Indoor Rowing Championships on 26th October 2008 into phases.

Intial target – Marathon:

Saturday 19th April

Phase 1 – Half Marathon / 60mins:

21st April to 31st May 2008 – 6 weeks – the first 6 weeks will aim for a HM and / or 60min erg test in the week ending 31st May 2008. Noone else following this periodised training programme will be obliged to row over 60mins in one session during this phase, but I expect many will want to complete a fast HM.

Phase 2 – 10k / 30mins:

2nd June to 12th July 2008 – 6 weeks – the next 6 weeks will aim for a 10k and 30min erg test in the week ending 12th July 2008. Each athletes will prioritise either the 10k or 30mins for the final week, and do the other in the penultimate week.

Phase 3 – 5k / 6k:

14th July to 30th August 2008 – 7 weeks – this 7 week stage will aim at both a 6k and a 5k test in the week ending 30th August 2008. Each athlete will do the two tests in that order with a 6k test 1 to 2 weeks before the end of this phase, and a 5k to finish the phase.

Phase 4 – 2k:

1st September to 26th October 2008 – 8 weeks – the final 8 week stage will lead us up to BIRC. There will be no obligation for anyone to actually compete at BIRC, and indeed some may well be aiming for races slightly later in the season such as the European’s in Rome in January, or the World’s in Boston in February. If training goes well I would like to do one or other of those races too.

Athletes following this training:

The athletes following this full training schedule with me have all been following Pete Plan Coaching for some time now, and we will all gain a lot from the added motivation of regular testing as we move through the year’s training. We all have different commitments, motivations, strengths and weaknesses, and as such will not be following identical training routines during the year. I hope that, where possible, we will be able to get together occasionally for the tests at the end of each phase. Of the 7 of us who have currently confirmed we will be following this periodisation one is in New Zealand, one in the USA, and one in Scotland, so I don’t suppose we will all manage to get together!

I have updated the “Pete’s training” blog page to reflect these timescales, and the goals discussed on Friday:

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