Once the fitness progression, training load shapes, and mesocycle periodization are to your liking, the next thing to look at is the weekly intensity and hours progressions.
Bereda includes weekly/mesocycle intensity and hours because they provide a good reality check when you’re dealing with training load points systems. For example, a race Fitness (CTL) or 120 might seem like a good goal, but if you see that it requires a time-crunched athlete to train 15+ hours a week at an average intensity of 0.8, that goal might need reconsidering.
Mesocycle intensity is something that can be set manually, or it can be stored as a property in the training periods you apply to a plan. In its default Classic Periodization, Bereda progressively increases the intensity of the training periods as it approaches “Race”.
Editing Mesocycle Intensity
Mesocycle intensities are represented by the thick blue bar behind the individual black handles for weekly intensities.
The intensity of a mesocycle is a very general description of the overall training happening inside a training period. Editing Mesocycle intensities let you paint with a big brush, quickly creating progressions over the course of the season. Looking at Bereda’s Classic Periodization, we see that Base 1 starts with an overall intensity of 0.70, and finishes with intensities of 0.80 for the Peak and Race periods.
When you adjust a mesocycle’s intensity, all the weekly intensities and hours update to maintain a similar shape to what existed before.
Editing Weekly Intensity
Weekly intensities are represented by the individual black handles that sit above the blue mesocycle intensity bar.
The same way that a mesocycle’s target Fitness (CTL) is maintained when editing weekly training loads, mesocycle intensities are maintained when updating the weeks.
A common edit is to decrease the intensity of a rest week as these weeks typically have more endurance and recovery ride.
The details of a week are also able to be edited by dragging the weekly hours. Similarly to training load, do this with the handles on the tops of bars.
Mesocycle and Weekly Intensity is a very general description of the type of training happening in a given period. The composition of the training, how the intensity is achieved, what zones are used, is often more important than the final intensity number. Still, Bereda includes it to provide that reality check when dealing with training load points systems.
If you’re curious about how Bereda calculates intensity and hours, click here.
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