I’ll be starting Mike Foote’s Big Vert plan in about a week, targeting a mountain race in early June. The catch is the race distance; it’s short: only about 11 miles/3000 feet of elevation (or ~18km/900m).
The Big Vert plan gives suggestions for scaling distance/elevation based on the race distance—but its shortest guidance is for a 50km race, and the numbers seem to break down below that threshold.
For example: the 50km plan suggests 80% of the race distance for week 1, progressing to 150% in week 17. So that’s 40km in week 1, and 75km in week 17. Totally reasonable.
However, applying that formula to my 18km race, I would be running only 15km in week 1, then peaking at only 27km in week 17. That seems like way too little mileage, even for my humble race. Do the increased vertical and ME workouts add enough intensity so that short mileage is sufficient?
I charted the plan’s mileage suggestions for various race distances to see if I could suss out a formula, but it wasn’t especially helpful. The charts are attached in case they can provide some insight (recovery and taper weeks are excluded).
So has anyone else attempted to scale the Big Vert plan down for a shorter race? I’d love some ideas for the best way to approach this. I know the exact numbers aren’t critical, and I can probably guess at a training volume that feels appropriate, but it would be great to aim as close to the target as possible.
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