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    Peaking for endurance races vs XC races

    What do you do differently for peaking for long races rather than shorter ones? Anything? I have my longest endurance race yet coming up in 2 weeks and am just finishing a high volume week.

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    For me, during the two or three weeks prior to a "focus" endurance race, concentrate on the long, slightly sub-threshold stuff, while no longer worrying much about interval training.

    At two weeks away, I'll share the single best piece of advice my mentor gave me for the week preceding a big endurance race: It's too late to gain much in the last week, but there is plenty of time left to push too hard, and go into the race with excess fatigue!
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    So you wouldn't follow the typical (Friel style) plan of tapering off the volume and increasing the intensity then it sound like. Kind of the opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29ger View Post
    So you wouldn't follow the typical (Friel style) plan of tapering off the volume and increasing the intensity then it sound like. Kind of the opposite.
    I would a modified Friel taper. Reduced volume and a few mid-intensity efforts to just keep you feeling "racey". It's not like your trying to put a really sharp edge on things, but you don't want to get too dull, either.

    Better to err on the side of caution, IMO.

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