Adding Training Periods to Mesocycles
After an athlete’s events have been entered, training preferences set, and Bereda builds a plan that meets the criteria, it’s time to take that starting point and further customize it for the individual athlete. The first step is to position and periodize the mesocycles.
To apply pre-made training periods to the mesocycles on a plan, simply drag and drop them from the left-hand menu. You can select from Bereda’s list of classic periods, or create your own periods to build custom periodizations into plans.
To give a mesocycle a custom name and color directly on a plan (see: “FTP / VO2” mesocycle in the picture at the top of the post), simply open its meso box and click the pencil icon. This opens the details of the mesocycle where, in addition to the mesocycle’s name and color, you can set the overall intensity of the mesocycle and it’s default training load shape. These items will be covered in further posts.
If you create a mesocycle with details that you’d like to save for use in other plans, you can save it as a training period by clicking “Add To Library”.
When Bereda calculates a training plan, it fills it with as many mesocycles with the preferred weeks per meso as possible. That calculation has to consider the position of ‘B’ races as well as your increased and decreased periods of training, which all specify where rest weeks should be when filling in mesocycles. If the result isn’t exactly what you’d like, you have the ability to adjust the mesocycle schedule using the following features.
Meso Division Sliding
Mesocycles are divided by grabbable handles which are able to be slid into position to set up mesocycles on preferable start/end dates. There may be minor events (life or athletic) on an athlete’s calendar that make some weeks better for rest weeks than others, and so manually sliding these handles positions mesocycles to get the best plan possible.
When an athlete gets sick and misses a week of training, a major reshuffle of mesocycles could be necessary. Mesocycle repositioning, with the addition of the splitting and merging, helps to adjust the plan.
Splitting and Merging Mesocycles
If you want an extra mesocycle in a plan, you can create a new one by dividing an existing mesocycle in two. Just open up the meso box of the mesocycle you want to divide and click the “SPLIT” button.
Similarly, If you have too many mesocycles in a plan, you can combine two of them into one by merging. Open up the meso box of the mesocycle you want to merge and then select the direction the merge should happen.
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