I raced BCBR this year and TrainerRoad was a BIG part of my fitness training. I live in BC so, like you, I wasn’t too worried about the technical side of preparing. I did mid-volume of Sweet Spot Base, General Power Build, and XC Marathon. My fitness was absolutely on point. So much so that I felt that I got stronger each day which was reflected in that I improved my overall position each day. I’ve been a TR user for a few years and this was the first year that I did mid-volume plans (I’d previously only did low-volume) and I found it made a big different. With the low-volume plans, I found that my fitness increased, but there were always workouts towards the end of build or specialty that I just couldn’t finish. With mid-volume, I felt the work I put in made the progression of workouts more manageable. Don’t get me wrong, there were some tough workouts that I really had to push hard to get through, but I never felt that I wouldn’t finish them.
That amount of training is a big commitment that I was willing to put in because BCBR had been a big target for me for a long time. Learning the difference between how my body adapted to mid-volume compared to low-volume, this year I’m going back to low-volume, but I’m going to complete 100% of the workouts indoors while also adding a couple outdoor rides a week.