This is timely as I actually was reading that article a few days ago.
What I found interesting was this part:
(8-12 Weeks) Double Up on Base
When you are doing a complete second Base Phase, you have the option of repeating Sweet Spot Base at a higher FTP, or switching it up and doing both of our Base Plans in the same season.
What this looks like is you will embark on Traditional Base first, and upon its completion, you will jump into the Sweet Spot Base Plan. If you have eight weeks to “spend”, then simply do the first two phases of Traditional Base before jumping into the full 12. If you have the full 12 Weeks, then you can do all three phases. If you have 8-12 Weeks, then you can trim out Week 3 from each phase to reduce the total duration.
Now it’s interesting to see the comment to Trad Base, because I got looking into Trad Base vs. SS Base and came away with the conclusion based on other TR blog postings that unless you have more than 8-10 hours/wk that SS Base was the preferred plan to follow.
This would have me doing SSB1-SSB2-SSB1-SSB2-Build-Spec, with the hope being that
- My FTP grows between the first 1/2 combo before repeating the second 1/2 combo, and;
- I come away with a big broad aerobic foundation I can then build upon
What I did do in calendar for the first 1/2 combo was swap the Sunday Sweet Spot rides for a long 2-3hr endurance ride just so that I am continuing to grow that capability and can hopefully then carry it through long term. Nothing like watching Sunday morning football doing 200w for 3hrs.