Member question from dblbogy
I have a four week gap between the end of my sprint program and the beginning of my Olympic. Is it ok to just keep adding the volume needed to begin the Olympic plan? I.E. add five minutes each week to s/b/r until I reach the minimum times to begin the Olympic plan?Answer from Coach AJ
Depending on how long your spring program is, you may want to consider a rest week after your sprint program. After weeks of training and racing, even at the sprint distance, your body has an accumulated level of fatigue. I would suggest taking three to four days off completely, then starting up again with easy to moderate workouts.
After that week, you can start to add more time to your workouts. If five minutes will get you to where you feel ready to start your Olympic plan, then go with that. It would be safe to add ten minutes as long as you keep the effort steady and in heart rate zones 1 and 2. [.....]
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