Finally I get to some sort of overview of the reasoning behind my training template.
First and foremost the template has been designed to be incorporated into my life. As a result it appears to be somewhat removed from a typical training plan. That it is. I no longer have the luxury of having the frequency and volume at high levels. Two young kids, combined with rotating shift work means there is the obligatory variety and unexpected. Taking all this into account, the most important concept driving the template is for manageable week-in, week-out training, with progression.
Rather than worrying about what I am missing in training, I will be better served by making the most of what I can do.
The template is written with the expectation of rarely being able to have a week exactly as written. Instead it is what I am aiming for when everything falls into place from a training perspective. So it provides the guide for what I aiming for. It is a guideline that allows for manipulation on an 8-day down to a half day context.
Taking all of the above into consideration, there are some essential elements going into training.
Each 8-day cycle begins with a recovery day.
The basic format is three days of hard training followed by a recovery day.
Within the 3 hard days, training is manipulated to get the most out of my time.
Friday nights are always off training.
Each training session is to be performed without consideration for the next day's training as it is highly possible the next day won't be as planned.
Don't worry about what gets missed, focus on what I can do now.