Dave Noisy wrote:Carmichael, coach for Lance, in his book talks about how if you want to get good at a cycling discipline, you should train it a lot.
ohhh, careful how much you listen to him, you might end up with something funny in your blood! shhhhhhhhhhhhh
Hope you don't mind me tossing this in your log!! Feel free to create a new topic if you think this warrants more discussion..)
no worries, I am finding my log a bit dry myself.
Actually, what you suggest is not all that uncommon, I have been known to put in many 1100km+ bike weeks myself - probably some of my most enjoyable training weeks actually. Depending on when it is in the season you really need to keep up some of your other training during the block too - just at a much lower level. As you say, specificity is the key, so all of your fitness does not necessarily cross disciplines.
You can do many different variations. In normal training people might do 1 week focus blocks where you really focus on one discipline the first week, the next week the next discipline, and the third the last, followed by an easier week - that gets complicated to schedule tho! It might be something like 6 bikes with 2 long ones and 3xSwim and 3xRun for the first week, etc.. And in winter time and early season people often take quite a bit longer blocks to focus on an individual sport - especially if they have identified a weakness (or just want to change things up). Things like racing the harriers season is good in the winter.
It would be hard to do a month long block closer to an event tho as you really don't want to lose the specific fitness of any of the sports. Having said that some of my fastest Ironmans (and Ironman runs) have come when I really focused on the bike (and swimming) all season due to running injuries - so you never know.
--I guess I am mainly referring to Ironman training here, but I guess similar ideas make sense for shorter stuff too.
I think you are right and probably not enough people do this - especially in the early/off season. I think most triathletes would benefit from bike racing and TT'ing as well. I think many have no idea...