Quick question, probably already know the answer but appreciate any feedback. Doing a “reset” so to speak and just started back with SSBMV1. Into the second week and for workouts that carry similar IF, any issue with doing the +1 or +2 versions. Ericsson for example, the +1 and +2 have the same IF just additional intervals. Assuming that’s kind of what those are there for anyway but as long I feel good, don’t have any issue completing the workout, and still getting the proper recovery, don’t see any harm in extending the workout and getting in another interval or two. Thanks all!
No harm in it, but consider that part of the advantage of “going back to base” is it’s a load reduction, which allows your body to recover a bit more long-term as you prepare to ramp back into SSB2-Build-etc. You’re probably already working at a higher load because your FTP is notionally higher, so you won’t be losing anything doing SSB1 as designed (quite the opposite).
So no, nothing wrong with it, but you raise the chance of burnout later on by doing so just as if you did this during your first time through. Be careful, listen to your body.
Each time I’ve done Base after a Build, I’m always tempted to add more since I just came off the Build… each time, I resist that temptation (other than adding some Z2 work sometimes)… each time I’ve gotten stronger and been fresh going into my second build.
Excellent point and with 50 years of age right around the corner I should know by now to trust the process. Thank you for your response, much appreciated.
Wow I really needed to hear this.
Absolutely solid advice and one thing I think every athlete with an ounce of competitiveness has not adhered to at one time or another.
Well normally you would have had a rest and time off the bike post race season and returning to base would allow you to build up again…doesn’t quite fit with the current climate with people thinking post build…what now? - I’m personally going to have a summer of riding outside as much as possible…but each to their own
I’ve said it in a few threads, but my advice to anyone wrapping up a Build right now, with no events in sight for the foreseeable future, would be to go back and do more base work, whatever that looks like. Could be long rides outside. Could be SSB, could be a mashup of SSB plans (which is what I have done last year and now this year again)… either way, you come out of this in June with a really strong base, a higher FTP, and then hit a build cycle for whatever you want to do. 2020 season for me might just look like Base - Build - Base - Build - Traditional Base into 2021…