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2017-03-27 7:42 AM

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Subject: What's a "typical" recovery week look like?
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2017-03-27 7:45 AM
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Subject: RE: What's a "typical" recovery week look like?

I call it "how normal people work out". 

For me it was typically about a 40% drop in volume vs. the previous week, keeping some intensity, and maybe adding a 2nd rest day over the one I typically have.

2017-03-27 7:49 AM
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I typically do a 30% volume reduction spread evenly across the three disciplines. Don't sweat workouts that don't get hit precisely (as opposed to regular weeks, when I do).
2017-03-27 7:51 AM
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Subject: RE: What's a "typical" recovery week look like?
Originally posted by nc452010

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they are never scheduled

"Life" has a tendency to force time off now and then.

If signs of fatigue start showing, I back off then.

I do schedule days more religiously. The last few weeks I have been doing Tu/Wed/Th 'harder', Friday easy, Sat/Sun 'harder', Mon easy.

Weeks is way too much for me

Edited by marcag 2017-03-27 7:56 AM
2017-03-27 8:03 AM
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Subject: RE: What's a "typical" recovery week look like?
Good stuff. Thank you.

So, if I were to go with a %-reduction.....when I start back (building), would I go back and duplicate the last "bigger" week....and build from there? Or, do I add the "build" part on to the last bigger week - from the new beginning?

Believe it or not, that made sense in my head.
2017-03-27 8:37 AM
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Subject: RE: What's a "typical" recovery week look like?
For me and the coach I work with it is typically about a 30-35% reduction in overall volume. For my last 5 weeks it has basically been 11.5, 12, 12.5, 8, 13.5, and this week scheduled for 15 hrs of total training.

He will typically take me directly back to the week prior to recovery, plus ~10% depending on how I am feeling. I think the "how I am feeling" part is the most important but this has worked well for me over the last 5 months or so.





2017-03-27 9:25 AM
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Thank you. I'm starting with my coach (we agreed on a date......xx wks out from IM), very soon. I'm just now realizing I could use a little respite, before "we" get started.
2017-03-27 11:18 PM
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Yep, if your last long run was 10 miles then .6x10= 6 miles. Every 3rd week for older than 40 every 4th week for younger than 40
2017-03-28 7:03 PM
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Subject: RE: What's a "typical" recovery week look like?
On this topic, I was wondering if I need to take a recovery week or no? I'm new to triathlon and I been have training for 8 weeks. So far its looked like this:

Week 1 +10%
Week 2 +10%
Week 3 +10%
Week 4 - 25%
Week 5 +10%
Week 6 +10%
Week 7 +10%
Week 8 +10% (just finished this, with 245 minutes of activity)

I would like to go 1 more week of +10% before taking an easy week, because schedule wise it just works better (I'm holidays for the week, so it's just easy to train).

What do you all think? Am I in need of a rest week? I feel pretty good overall. Could I put off an easy week until week 9?

https://postimg.org/image/bkwhe7bpj/

^^ Here is my specific training.

Edited by drew_ab 2017-03-28 7:05 PM
2017-03-29 1:51 AM
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Subject: RE: What's a "typical" recovery week look like?

I don't really do scheduled recovery weeks

I normally end up with 'when life got in the way' recovery weeks

Which seem to happen every 4-5 weeks ... sometime resulting in only minimal training 

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