No season here. Mid-Atlantic USA. We were hit hard by Covid and had lockdowns. That took away all the March-June racing which had 8 TT’s scheduled. It’s OK, worked on other things, building fitness toward next year hopefully.
With decent covid numbers now and some things opened up, a few of us are doing twice a month 10 mi TTs on a favorite course. Not the same as a proper race but enjoyable. Assuming things stay good, same small group of friends will do some 25s this fall.
LT1 = Zone 2 (or close enough). Just getting the legs going with some pressure. Not too easy, definitely not too hard.
6 x 5 min at 2:1 work rest and 113% is a very stout workout. If you recover well from that and it pushes your power up, then maybe for a few weeks. But toward the last 3-4 weeks of the race set, I would just focus on lowering fatigue and racing well.
Ending with that double whammy 10 then 25 back to back is pretty evil planning!! Evil in a good way. Some folks do extremely well with back to back events. The first race can act as a mega-opener for the second. I’d come into that weekend well rested and ready to go. Smash that final 25 and feel great.
If it were me, and I was fairly fresh today with decent fitness, would be about polishing and racing well. Probably would set up a training block culminating in the August 23rd 25 mi race. Basically, train up to the August 23 race. Hit that weekly VO2 type workout and keep lengthening the threshold or high SST workout. Don’t go nuts and move from CTL of 80 to 120 though. Just a bit more for 3-4 weeks then start to dial it back. If you start now and train through the August 9th event have 5+ weeks. Good amount of time to create a block and polish up the form you have already established this season.
Come through the 23rd then into early September with once a week hard, once a week steady, once a week race and you’ll stay sharp but start dropping fatigue from the legs.
The end of your schedule is 4 races in 16 days. Two tens and two 25s. If you get the race - recovery correct for the last say 20 days, you can smash them.
Something like that. I tend to err on the side of extra recovery vs trying to eek out smallish gains when race season is full on. You can always train heavy October into next year : - )
Even for normal years, I’m not a big fan of extra long tapers. Doesn’t work well for me. Unless a rider has been pointed at an A-race for a long time with a very good plan (and coach), seems to either miss the peak or come in with dull legs. Others will say: “bollocks, a big taper works great for me and I eat gravel for breakfast day of my big event”!!! Over years of doing this stuff, I’ve become a big fan of dialing things up slowly into a longer race season and bringing them back down slowly toward a couple races I enjoy most.
Just manage the fatigue and do what makes your legs feel good. When it comes to tapers, openers, race day warm-ups, everyone is a bit different.