Almanzo is 8 weeks out and while I have zero ambitions of winning the thing, I’d like to ride it hard and challenge myself. My season goals are to build FTP and CTL in order for a good CX season and do 3 100 mi gravel races (Dickie Scramble, Almanzon, Dirty Benjamin).
I just wrapped up my first block of sweet spot base and am at a point where I can start another block of SSB or go into an 8 week build block. At this point I’m leaning toward Sustained Power Build or going into Century Specialty.
I’m kind of stuck. I would typically do the normal progression of Base 1 followed by Base 2, but find the workouts in SSB2 aren’t going to set me up for the race-specific intensities I’ll face. Almanzo is littered with many 2-5 minute efforts and I like the workouts in the above mentioned plans because they include both shorter duration VO2s and some medium-duration surpra-threshold workouts. Seems perfect for gravel. Not to mention I think I would see bigger FTP gains versus another block of SSB
I’ve convinced myself to skip another 6 week block of base and start one of the plans above.
I know this defies conventional wisdom, but I’m not sure starting another 6 weeks of base followed by 2 weeks of build is going to set me up well.