16 week training plan

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    I just had a great consult with Sam. I am climbing Rainier the second week in August with a guided service. Because I live in Colorado at a reasonable altitude (9200 ft) and have been backcountry skiing all winter and have been doing something like 12-18 hours per week in the backcountry, Sam recommended I buy one of the longer plans and then start in the middle of the plan. It looks like you have to say on the website when you are going to start the plan. Once you put a start date can you change it? Can you skip several weeks of the plan and then start in the middle? I have not done this before so want to make sure I can modify as I need it before buying the plan.
    Thanks! Stephanie

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    Shashi on #54227


    Welcome to the Uphill Athlete forum.

    If you get a Training Peaks Premium account, you have the flexibility to modify your training plan (change dates, skip weeks, repeat, etc.) Last year when I purchased the 24-week plan I got a free month of Training Peaks subscription.

    The Basic version will have limited flexibility. It should still allow you to choose a start date in the past so that you can start with the Base Period next week or so.

    Hope this answers your questions. Let us know how it goes.

    Stephanie Porter-Scheinman on #54230

    Thank you Shashi. I will look at those resources.

    Anonymous on #54295

    As Shashi said, in that first link, you can apply the plan based on the end date and then start with the workouts that are planned for the current date forward.

    Stephanie Porter-Scheinman on #54320

    I think this will make sense once I buy the plan and see how things are structured. I wish we could preview a week of the plan to see if it is going to work. I don’t want to do HIIT type workouts which for me, tend to get me injured. Also I’d like to put a reasonable amount of hiking at altitude in the weeks. Hopefully the plans allow for this.

    Anonymous on #54329

    Don’t worry. Around here, HIIT-talk causes uncontrollable vomiting.

    We do have some muscular endurance work in our plans, but you can scale them as required by using less weight.

    TerryLui on #54485

    Around here, HIIT-talk causes uncontrollable vomiting.


    Stephanie Porter-Scheinman on #54562

    OK one more question. I don’t have access to a treadmill, stair mill etc. I have a spin bike at home. Options for doing the heart rate drift measurement are: Do it on the spin bike, don’t do it at all and just go with the plan anyway, or don’t buy the plan and workout according to how I’ve been doing it (some strength training, climbing at elevation only add increasing weight in the pack for the summer). What do you guys think?

    Anonymous on #54609

    A spin bike test will be useless. Fiber recruitment is lower in cycling than weight-bearing sports, so your threshold HRs will be lower on a bike than on foot. And if you used those HRs on foot, you’d be going too slow.

    If you don’t have a treadmill, find a local track at a school or park.

    Terry’s links will point you in the right direction.

    Stephanie Porter-Scheinman on #54635

    OK thanks for all of the information.

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