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Why Build, Build, Build, Recover?

Jack Daniels states that it takes 6 weeks to completely adapt to a training stress. He recommends training under a constant stress for a minimum of 3-4 weeks before adding to this stress with increased distance or intensity.

So…my question is why are most training plans built using a build-build-build-recovery (3 week build / 1 week recovery) or build-build-recovery (2 week build / 1 week recovery) weekly training cycle?

Are we setting ourselves up for injury, illness, or over-training by having two or three consecutive weeks of increased intensity, distance, or intensity and distance?

Are we able to reap most of the adaptation available when only training at a particular stress level for ONE week? It would seem like the answer is NO. (Based off of Jack’s statement above.) If the answer is in fact NO, then are we doing a lot more work than required to reach a particular level of fitness? My guess would be, YES.

Hmm, makes me think about the plan I am currently following.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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