A question for the coaches and physiologically knowledgable.
In the course of a 12 week plan, say the Intermediate All Purpose Road Indoor for instance, when do the bulk of the athlete’s training adaptations occur?
In the rest weeks is of course the answer, but now that we have Half Monty in the middle of the plans and can get some usable data, I am curious whether the bulk of the adaptations will occur in the first half or second half of the program?
My guess is that less trained cyclists will experience the bulk of their gains in the first half; whilst more trained cyclists will see fewer gains in the first half because they need the more intensive stimulus of the latter weeks to yield adaptations.
My alternate guess is that all cyclists will see greater gains in the second half, but the split will be more even for less trained cyclists.
No particular reason for my question. Just curious.
Sir Andrew, KoS