Bill- I would recommend starting with the load as prescribed in the basic program for the first 4 weeks (3 build and 1 rest) then reassess where you are at with regards to the correct training load. I think it takes most folks a whole 4 week cycle to accurately assess if its appropriate. Of course if you get 5-10 days in and it way too much then you’ll want to scale it back some but if you’re on pace for 225 hours/yr I think you’ll be fine.
transitioning into this training plan
I’ve been doing (and logging) low intensity aerobic training (hiking, rowing and elliptical) steadily for the last year and before starting this program, built up to a 225 to 250 hour annual training load rate. I am not new to training but didn’t do much, or anything consistently, for the four prior years, and so see myself as a beginner with just a year of training history.
Here’s the question… how do people like me transition into this program? Do we start where we are, in terms of training load, or start at zero? Does that answer change if I plan, as I do, to do two rounds of this program?
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