I’m not looking to peak for any particular event, just looking to gain fitness and build FTP. As such, I am planning to do Base–>Build then restart back to Base. I’m 34 years old at 75kg with a 216FTP starting week 7 of Low Volume Build (after LVSSB). My FTP went up 3 watts from the start of Build to this chunk of Build, and I changed my measurement tool and bike from SSB to Build so the previous numbers are not worthwhile.
If I’m going back and looking to start over without going through Specialty, should I only plan for the 1 week of recovery at the end of Build? Should I be planning to take more recovery? If I do take more rest time and noodle around for fun before restarting, does that mean “never go above 75% FTP” or does that mean “never go above 95% FTP”, or just “take a week off and don’t even think about zones.”
Mentally, I could do Base–>Build all year. I have no problem sticking to something without variety. I’m more worried about physically overtaxing if I restart, or, is this not really something I should worry about since I’ve been on a Low Volume plan the whole time?