I have been following the traditional base plan since the start of the year in an effort to really develop some lower end efficiency and type 1 muscle strength.
The decision came off the back of my previous season and the type of rider I became.
Basically after following a medium plan for SSB, Sustained Power Build and Century plan, I became great at riding at tempo and threshold pretty much most of the time and I cracked in September.
I personally believe that there are plans with far too much intensity in them. For example if I follow a medium plan I am riding hard 4 out of 5 days. But that is another discussion…
I have been able to adapt to riding the 2hr plus endurance rides 3-4 times a week with no break and not many calories. I am aware that I am probably not improving my FTP riding in this way but I have done a lot of research on the importance and benefits of zone 2 training for the endurance cyclist and am liking the results. Less reliance on incoming sugar and calories.
I am used to normally testing every 4-6 weeks to see where I am at, but with this style of training my threshold power may not have gone anywhere or even regressed. I am really liking this approach at this stage of the season. My question is how can you grow the aerobic engine further? Basically doing the same 2hrs at a higher wattage. After all that is what we are all searching for riding endurance at 250 watts.