STAGE RACE TRAINING PLAN
The following is our 6 month training plan for a stage race:
Stage Race Six Month Training Plan (Click To Download)
You can read my full post on How To Train For A Stage Race for a comprehensive look at all the elements that go into a stage race training plan.
The training plan is designed to be customised to suit your requirements and lifestyle.
Some notes on the training plan:
– The training plan is over six months, so starts off quite lightly (3-4 10km runs per week).
– As pace isn’t essential for stage race training, I have not included any recommended pace and mainly made the runs time-based as opposed to distance based. The one exception to this is the long runs on Saturdays, which I have given set distances to cover – this is to ensure you reach the criteria of completing certain distances in preparation.
– Your weekends will be busy. I’ve scheduled the longest weekly runs for Saturdays, and a shorter run for Sundays. This is called running “doubles” – doing back-to-back long runs to get your body used to running long distances on tired legs.I’ve scheduled two cross training days per week, and one rest day per week. If you wish, feel free to take two rest days and only cross train once.
– I’ve assumed a taper of 4 weeks. This should suit most stage racers, though the more experienced runners may wish to have a shorter taper.