Keep the build periods short. With a busy lifestyle, eight weeks at a time is an achievable training commitment. It’s enough time to achieve competitive fitness, but it’s difficult to continue too much longer at this cumulative intensity level without taking an extended period (four weeks) of recovery and easier, endurance-paced training.
The idea of balancing training and competition with your busy lifestyle is all well and good in theory, but what does it look like in practice? One of the best ways to train in the middle of a busy workweek is to perform brick workouts on back-to-back days as a training block. When the demands of these two sessions build on each other, the result is greater than the sum of the parts. And it frees up two back-to-back weekdays for recovery.