Seems like base period knocks off the speed it took a year to build, then I go through the cycle again to finally hopefully go as fast or maybe a little faster then year before.
Also, unless you're a pro is it not better to be in pretty good form all year rather then pick one or two races to peak for. i think you get out of the habit of pushing yourself to the limit and settle into comfort zones, so that when the one big day comes it's too much of a jump from training effort.
Paula Radcliffe seems to be able to run in World XC champs in January , Spring marathon, Track meets in summer then Boston in Oct. says she thinks slow miles are a waste of time and most pros don't train hard enough.
What do you think, drop the heart monitor, and train hard all year, or stick to the zones and long builds?
Or, have read a theory that you should do alternate years - lots of base miles, build to a peak, then next year stick to hard workouts. Repeat every two year. Think this was in Peak Performance, and the test group showed better results training hard in year 2.