How do I know if I should select the 4, 7 or 10-week race build plan? What about a B-Race? June 04, 2019 00:13 Updated Not a Member yet? $25/month Get Purple Patch Education Membership, A complete performance education program for coaches and athletes. SUBSCRIBE You need to sign in to view this page. Great question! We have built a range of durations for our Race Builds to allow flexibility in planning, and to also align with the weighted focus and needed training for every specific event. You don’t need to train for each race with a specific race build plan. A few considerations for you when reviewing the library. Let’s first review the race builds available to you: 4 week, 7 week, 10 week plans: We have distance-specific Race Build options for your more important (key) races. You will notice in your plan library designations such as: 4, 7 or 10 week IRONMAN Plans: builds into an IRONMAN distance race 4, 7 or 10 week 70.3 Plans: builds into a Half Iron distance race 4, 7 or 10 week Olympic Plans: builds into a short-course (Sprint / Olympic) distance race You can review how to best select your plan duration in the explanation below. Original or Time-Starved: All of the plans come in two flavors -- original distance plans or time-starved. The time-starved plans are specifically scaled and tailored to integrate with a more restricted training schedule. You can read about the differences HERE. Other Plan Options: Not all of your races require specific race builds. We also have a selection of much shorter build plans that will guide you into B-races. These are: B-Race Olympic - Race Week Prep: This build plan is a single week leading into a short-course race with an immediate return to the baseline plan. You will only depart the baseline plan for one week. B-Race 70.3 - Race Week Prep: This build plan is a single week leading into a HALF IRON distance race with a week of recuperation following. You will depart the baseline plan for two weeks. B-Race 70.3 Time Starved - Race Week Prep: A single week leading into a HALF IRON distance race with a week of recuperation following, but with sessions specifically tailored to those who are time-starved or less experienced. You will depart the baseline plan for two weeks Coming soon: You will begin to see new builds populating into your plan library in the coming week. These will include: C-Race Prep Week: Normal weeks of training with space for a 5km, 10km, Sprint Triathlon etc -- then an immediate return to your baseline plan. Marathon Race Builds: A multisport approach to training for a key marathon race. Running is the focus, but supported with strength, riding, and swimming. Half-Marathon Race Builds: A multisport approach to training for a key half-marathon race. Running is the focus, but supported with strength, riding, and swimming. Racing from the baseline plan: Most B-race designations can simply be integrated into your baseline program. Not every event requires some specific build plan. For these events, simply drop a B-Race race week into the program, which will allow a race-specific week of training into the week of the event, as well as a week of recovery and reintegration into the baseline program once complete. 4-Week Plan: Most events that are in the initial few months of the season, or just require a short cycle of specificity, would benefit from a short 4-week build in. This will ensure you convert fitness into a flash of feel good, race-specific intensity and don’t arrive fatigued. You can also use the 4-week plan if you are coming off a prior key event and recovery, and have a short ramp into another key event coming up in a few weeks time. 7-Week Plan: If your training consistency has been good, and you are driving toward an important short course or IRONMAN 70.3 type event, then a 7-week race is typically your go to option. It carries the progression of the season, but has a couple of cycles of high race-specificity that will prime you for great race performance. 10-Week Plan: Best reserved for absolute key races of the year, as well as most IRONMAN distance races. Longer isn’t always better, but this program integrates a cycle of strength-endurance focus for the first cycle (3-weeks) of training, before entering the race-specific phase. As you build your season, keep in mind that there are 1-2 post-race recovery weeks built into those race builds depending on the distance. Remember that real confidence and power will come from some individual coaching and planning -- and you can always choose to grab a consulting session with one of our coaches to set up your season and guide you through the best use of plans. This extra consult will be a great investment for many Squad members. Book a consult here! Related articles When should I apply a race build? What is the difference between Time-Starved and Time-Rich Race Builds? If I will no longer be racing, should I remove my race build? How do I manually log or update a workout? Who should I contact if I don't understand a workout?