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I know that Arthur had said that you stop getting the benefits of anaerobic work after 4 to 6 weeks. But that will vary with different athletes.
In my case, I don't seem to benefit at all from anaerobic work. There was a time we were in an anaerobic phase and I was also doing time trials regularly. Each one was slower than the one before. So we bagged the anaerobic stuff. I think it ammoyed him because he didn't think it was supposed to work that way. So in my case, the time to stop was before I stareed. If I had been "normal," we'd probably have continued on for that 4-6 week block. How did he come up with those numbers I believe that he'd read something to that effect and he'd also observed it with his athletes over the years. So there's not one overall answer here.
One thing to bear in mind is that he always had you pick the time you wanted to be at your peak and count back from there. So he had you on something of a timetable and I think in many cases he'd just stop you when the allotted time was up and move you onto the next phase. But there was attention paid to how well you were reponding and if the timed things that you did were consistently not going well, that would be the time you'd stop.

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