The most important thing to realize about the weekly training loads in Bereda is that editing them is very much a shaping feature. When you edit a training load bar, its neighboring weeks react to maintain the Fitness (CTL) value at the end of the mesocycle. The one exception to this rule is one-week mesocycles. To change the Fitness (CTL) curve, just do that by editing it directly.
To edit training load bars, just click and drag the black handles on their tops.
Training Load Shapes
Bereda has some pre-made shape settings that can be assigned to mesocycles so that they behave certain ways. These shapes are properties that can be given to training periods.
This is Bereda’s most powerful mesocycle shape because not only does it maintain the Fitness (CTL) at the end of the mesocycle, but also the Form (TSB) unless you’re manually editing the rest week. The build weeks increase in size by a certain percentage each week, with that percentage specified by the slider in the meso box. The rest week adjusts so that the Form (TSB) is maintained at the end of the mesocycle.
By default, the slider is set to 5% and the Form (TSB) at the end of the mesocycle is set to zero.
This shape is used for the Base 1, 2, and 3 periods in Bereda’s Classic Periodization, but can be used in other types of periods as well.
Rest Week Drop
This shape is characterized by equal-sized training loads for the build weeks followed by a smaller rest week. That week’s size is a percentage of the build weeks’, and is controlled by a slider in the meso box.
This shape does not attempt to maintain the Form (TSB) value at the end of the mesocycle when Fitness (CTL) or other training loads in the mesocycle are edited.
This shape is used for the Build 1 and Build 2 periods in Bereda’s Classic Periodization.
This shape has all the training loads in the mesocycle as the same size and is typically used when fitness is plateaued or decreasing such that there is no need for a rest week. Form (TSB) does not get maintained when Fitness (CTL) or other training loads in the mesocycle are edited.
This shape is used for the Race, Transition, and Preparation periods in Bereda’s Classic Periodization.
This “shape”, represented by the (X) icon, exists primarily so that pre-made training periods can be dragged and dropped into a mesocycle without affecting the shape of the training load bars that already exist.
This setting is used for the Peak period in Bereda’s Classic Periodization. Bereda builds a training load shape which achieves a specified Form (TSB) leading into a race period, so it’s convenient that that shape is maintained when adding a training period.
Resetting Training Load Shapes
If you manually drag a training load bar the mesocycle no longer has its preset shape, and so the slider gets replaced with a RESET button. Simply click reset to have the mesocycle rebuild back to its designated shape.
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