I've been reading/skimming the "Training with a Power Meter" book. I absolutely love it, but I have noticed there really isn't a lot in the book to give you good direction onto setting up your annual routine. It gives a lot of great workouts, and does a good job explaining performance, but I was hoping it would tell me how to setup a monthly routine working up to race season. I also read Friel's book, but I didn't really learn a lot from that one. Most of the book seemed like common sense if you had any sort of physiology background already.
Does anyone know of good book that delves into setting up a workouts based on past performance and aspirations for future performance?
I am still quite hesitant to cough up 150 a month for online coaching. My friend does coaching through that fascat program, and loves it, but 150 seems pretty steep for just spending a hour or two a month setting up a schedule. I may cave in though if I can't find any other resources...
Assuming you're fit, heathly and have no medical condition not to train then:
If you have the book then the best thing you can do is read it properly not skim it. Once you have read it, read it again.
While it doesn't say if your weakness is x and you want to get to y then do z, it gives an idea of how to identify your strengths and weaknesses and then gives workouts you can include into your training plan to address those weaknesses. The 2 sample plans/case studies give you an idea of how to address weaknesses.
Also the chapter on training load gives you an idea of how to increase your training load gradually.
First thing I find when setting any plan is to set an acheivable goal, whether it's a race, do a ride in a certain time or whatever, it gives you a target to aim at and work backwards from there.
As far as rest weeks/months go, some people include them some people don't, there are probably studies that suggest both work but each to their own. If after a few solid weeks of training you feel tired/sick/drained mentally or physically then if you feel like it have a break. If you feel good then keep training and see how your body responds. A coach at the other end of an internet connection won't know how you will respond to training necessarily when they are designing your plan (depending on the coaching plan etc).
The most important thing to remember is that no 1 plan or method will suit everyone, so if you're interested in physiology and training and want to know more then have a go at designing your own plan. If you would rather not know then pay a coach.