But Larry Nolan, local hotshot cyclist and National Champion at various times, has this to say:
Folks that are doing 100% intensity work in late October are either training for some late season event (eg season cut short by injury) or they have no clue as to how to structure a racing season. It is my hope that riders will stick to their plans during the day and get the workout that they had planned. Heck, I encourage riders to have a plan for EVERY ride! ... Larry
Boy, that really hit home for me! I am literally clueless in his eyes by riding hard now. And he could be right, after all he has the palmares to back up his program! And I had great success with my 2007 season training, following a program similar to his.
Pez Cycling News also had a guest coach write something similar.
I really can't say that I'm right and he's wrong. If I follow a traditional training program I will be following safely in the steps of giants. But unless I have his natural abilities, which I doubt I do, I will forever be doomed to being an "also-ran" against guys of his caliber. By taking a chance on my 2008 training I have the potential to train smarter than him.
In the meantime, I need to recover from a cold I picked up last week. Larry would probably say I caught it by overtraining!
We'll see whether my gamble pays off, or not, in about a year! :-)