Cory, Great question and this is one we will discuss a bit in one of the zoom dedicated to how to customize the training plan for your specific needs. There are basically 2 things at play here. First the over arching idea is that many folks will start with the base plan and progress through all 3 levels en route to their goal climb. In this case there is some periodization built in as each 12 week plan build on the last. Base has no ME, Int introduces ME and Adv has some 30-30s etc. Its not a strict periodized plan but it dovetails nicely for most users. The second issue is rigid periodization only really works when you have a strictly defined goal both in type and date. As our training group is made up of folks whose goal events are next week, next month, next Spring and next Autumn a super strictly periodized plan is going to serve the bulk of folks fairly poorly. The goal here is to have a set of plans that will serve everyone well and try and educate so that athletes can tweak the plan for their own needs and timeframe!
I’m a long time fan of UA, having read the books, listened to the podcasts, lurked on the forums, and closely followed the 24 week mountaineering plan and Steve’s free Training For Ice and Mixed https://uphillathlete.com/ice-climbing/training-ice-mixed-climbing/
What I am new to is the Mountaineering Training Group.
When looking at the intermediate plan that was loaded into Training Peaks for this fall session of the training group, I’m not really seeing the principal of periodization (blocks, phases or whatever term you prefer). The weekends may vary a bit in duration for the long hikes, but I’m missing the base building, max strength formation, then a period of muscular endurance. I am seeing lots of Z2 (as expected) and a lot of ME (fine, but I’m missing the max strength portion and the obvious periods).
Am I missing something? Is this because the plans are structured to go from base for 12 weeks, then intermediate for 12, and finally advanced for 12? If so that’s one heck of a long cycle and I’m still surprised to see the volume of ME work in my plan vs max strength of this is the middle block. This seems out of order from the guidance in other UA resources.
And to answer the obvious reply, yes I have read the Plan Selection outline several times and it does talk about going from plan to plan, I’m just a little surprised at the structure I’m seeing.
Are other plan levels seeing the same?
Steve, Mark, Pedro – is this a change in approach, something driven by the 12 length of the program, or am I just missing it.
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