Hi there, I’m looking for some input and advice on adding in some VO2 max work to my build plan.
I started using TR back in April and have worked my way through the LV SSBI and SSBII plans with some added endurance rides each week. I’m targeting something between the LV and MV plans as I’m new to indoor structured riding, but I have a fair bit of riding experience and fitness.
I’m now in week 3 of the Sustained Power Build phase and have had to bail on the last two VO2 max workouts after 2 of the 3 interval blocks (Bashful +1 and Bashful +2, my first two failed workouts thus far ). The threshold work in the plan has definitely been very challenging, but still doable. It has become clear to me that VO2 max work just isn’t my strong suit right now and I want to improve it so I can get through the planned workouts as intended. I’ve read about Chad’s suggested VO2 max boost week to get the VO2 max work up to speed before going into a build phase.
My question is, I’m close to done with week 3 of my build phase now and I was thinking I would maybe push week 4, my rest week, back a week and put in a VO2 max centered week instead then continue on with the plan. Does this sound like a reasonable idea or should I just bow out of the plan now, do the VO2 focused work, then start the phase over? I just worry by including the VO2 max week now and continuing the plan it may add too much accumulated stress to get me through the second half of the build phase.
Thanks for any advice or input!