From reading Frey’s Q&A on elite, Iv gotten some basic snips of how things are generally laid out, but as far as loading within the blocks is concerned, I havent quite got that nailed down.
General (GPP) -> Sport Specific (SSP) -> Competition
Accumulation -> Transmutation -> Realization
Accumulation phases will work below 80%, transmutation will work between 80% and 90%, and realization will work above 90%
My guess is that within each block, intensity will increase across the given range while volume simultaneously decreases…but thats just conjecture and I wouldnt be surprised if I was wrong about this.[/quote]
That is how I’ve observed Block Periodization being structured- whether for triathletes or strength/power athletes.
It is tough to overtrain on intensity unless you’re doing a ton of competition-intensity maximal work for an extended period of time, which is why you can still realize some fantastic gains despite increasing intensity the closer to competition you get.
I saw Loren Seagrave, a coach of Olympic athletes in many sports, speak in a course I took. He showed us the training for one of his 100M sprinters from 16 weeks out to competition.
It was structured in much the same way as your explanation.
EDIT: Maybe that was poor use of ‘overtrain’. I mean it’s tough to overreach to the point of competition performance suffering despite increasing intensity the closer to competition you get.