A little about me. I'm an ex international lightweight rower in my early 40s. I have no interest in cycle racing per se, but do have an enormous interest in doing certain centuries in WA state and over in Europe in a way that a keen amateur runner might do the Boston and NY marathons. Winning isn't important but doing a good time is.
At the same time, endurance is not my (relative) strong suit. Looking on Strava I'm easily in the top 25% on short, sharp brutish hills where time in the red zone is 6 minutes or less (much like a rowing race). This is where I'm strongest... half mile long 10% grade hills. Love 'em.
I've read through Joe Friel's training bible, and most of the book is more a refresher course than a revelation. One interesting thing he points out in the different periodization models is that the reverse model, where the shorter, harder work is done first in the base phases before longer endurance rides are introduced in the build phases, is supposed to result in better speed over centuries.
It also works in Seattle where I live. During the rubbish winter I'd do the shorter, harder rides, then as the weather improves start doing the longer, endurance distances. It actually might make sense.
Has anyone else experimented with reverse periodization? What are the pitfalls, and advice I should follow?
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