I’ve hit a hard plateau recently with my MV SSB -> Build -> Repeat cycle. After excellent gains the first 2-3 times through, more recently I’ve had a hard time even maintaining FTP, let alone building it. By the time I reach weeks 4-5, I’ve put myself in a psychological and physiological hole which results in a disappointing Ramp Test. So… I’m looking to mix things up and considering a lengthy traditional base period (no events on the immediate horizon). My hesitation is twofold:
I have little to no experience with rides over 2 hours. Will the reduction in intensity be enough to offset the dramatic increase in duration? How are the folks who’ve made this transition making out?
Where is the tipping point where traditional base makes sense from a “hours per week” perspective? Does it take 10-12 hours per week for traditional base or Z2 rides to make sense? I’m going to be pushing it to find 8-9hrs/wk, so would I be better off sticking to the SS plans? Is the MV traditional base plan pretty comparable to MV SSB in terms of effectiveness?