My season has been cut short by injury, travel, and work. Looking ahead, I’ve got another 2-3 weeks of travel before I start my annual base in late August. Thought about modifying TR’s traditional base (adding some vo2 work), and instead am going to try the 2014 Stöggl and Sperlich 9-week polarized intervention. I used the paper and Watt/Kg plan to create the 3-week block that is repeated 3 times:
Interestingly, that 9-week block delivers the virtually same training load as doing TR’s SSB1 high-volume followed by 3-weeks of SSB2 high-volume:
Polarized (2014 Stöggl and Sperlich) 9-week block:
SSB-1 HV and 3-weeks of SSB-2 HV:
Personally I love the TR calendar (versus TrainingPeaks). Would be nice if TR licensed CTL and used it, but comparing past results between
- WKO’s CTL which is 6-week exponentially weighted average TSS
- TR’s 6-week average TSS
The curves are very similar with similar values. TR’s proxy for CTL is more than good enough for planning IMHO.
One more comparison on ramping load, polarized first and then followed by SSB-HV:
Now I’m going to remove SSB-HV from calendar, and insert (some/all of) SSB-1 before the polarized block as I’m actually traveling a lot between now and the end of August.
Ended up with a nice 15 week base and then low-volume sustained with outside rides on the weekend:
Training load peaks around 81 and stays in the 70s all the way to February. I’ll need to do a little more rearranging, need to change SSB1 to 2/1 to accommodate work travel - that way I can plan out work travel every 3 weeks.