so, I decided to give te Eddy Fletcher Marathon Plan a go.
It’s basically a 12 week program with a 2 week taper for longer distance competitions, not excludingly Marathons, I hasten to add.
“Officially”, I plan to start CW 5 (30.01), but I will be using the time beforehand to acclimatise myself by doing the a few oft he rows in the correct sequence. This is also for collecting data for using the correct paces and such.
The plan itself, consists of 3 rotations of 4 weeks with 5 training sessions a week and a two week taper.
The reasoning behind the training method is simple – to achieve a fast FM your HR needs tob e about 80-90% of maximum fort he whole time – so this is what is trained. A lot of rows at 80-90% at rel. low rates.
I adapted the plan to use HR bands instead of % of HRmax. The HR bands are based on the Karvonen method of using the Reserve HR (HRmax-HRrest), which I beleive is a more accurate representation.
12 Week Marathon Plan (5 Sessions)
I did a HMmax test which consisted of 5x4Min intervals with 30 seconds rest. The Wattage produced was increased by 25W each interval until the last, which was a maximum effort. Result can be found here <link>.
Based then on the observed HRmax and measured HRrest (Polar H7 in the morning before getting out of bed) – this is my current HR band table, displaying the Karvonen values compared tot he HRmax %.
The pace description is taken directly from the EF Plan. I listed 3 different timings and paces based on 2k TT time.
I only did one TT in the 2015/2016 season, which was a 6:52 time, but I didn’t feel it was a 100% effort. That said I plan to try and keep within the boundaries of the 6:48/6:44 reccomendations. I do want an improvement and I already completed a FM @ 1:59/500m pace.
Well – so much for the theory, we will see how the practice goes :/