Hi there. I’m looking for some advice on the best way to approach my big goal for next year – The Etape.
I have just started the ‘transition down’ plan which will finish on November 21st leaving 33 weeks to the Etape. I am also doing a yoga (advanced level) and strength programme at the same time and will look to continue with both strength (where appropriate) and yoga throughout. On my most recent Half Monty I came out with an FTP of 257 and a MAP of 327.
My current thinking is to commence either a specific Etape training plan or the Mountainous Gran Fondo training plan 12 weeks prior to the Etape (more likely to be 13 as the week of the Etape will include travel etc.). In addition, at some point between ending the current transition down plan and starting the Etape plan, doing the 12 week All Purpose plan. That leaves 9 weeks during the 33-week period I don’t have an idea at present as to how best to utilize.
So my questions are as follows
- Does this sound like an approach that will put me in optimal condition for the Etape? If it is, then
a. when is the best time during this schedule to do the All Purpose Plan?
b. what are your recommendations for how I best use the other 9 weeks?
c. Which strength programmes should I look to use at which points during this period?
- If this approach isn’t going to leave me in the best condition for the Etape, please can you recommend an alternative approach that will.
Many thanks in advance for your help and advice