Taper and Form in my PMC

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    I have read your “Your PMC Is Lying to You” article and appreciate it. However, I still have a question regarding my “Form” of my last three weeks of my 18 Week 70.3 Level 1 Run Pace and Bike HR plan (Race day May 29).
    Week 16 Form: -16 (CTL 109)
    Week 17 Form: 6 (CTL 103)
    Week 18 Form: 29 (CTL 93)
    Does this seem like a good taper, or too much of one? Today is day one of week 17 so these are predicted Form numbers and I can adjust my taper still. I read that a Form of 29 may indicate an inappropriate taper. Thanks for any and all advice.

    Rob “Nervous For My first 70.3” D.

    David Warden


    Thanks for reading that guide first!

    A TSB of 29 is considered high for a 70.3, but not that high. Sort of like a total cholesterol number of 99. High, within normal range, but lower would be better.

    However, if you’ve read my guide, you know you’d need to go in and edit every predicted TSS between now and the race. You can’t rely on the automated predicted TSS. Go in and edit your last few weeks of workouts predicted TSS to match what you really think the workout will end up as.

    For example, if your 45-minute run has a predicted TSS of 30, but your previous 30-minute run always come back as 40, change the future workouts accordingly.


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