Hey, all. I’m in the recovery week of Sweet Spot Base Phase 2, so I’ll be starting a Build phase, next week. I’ve been going back-and-forth on which one to pick. I don’t think my circumstances are particularly unique, so I’m hoping that this will be easy to solve (or at least worthy of discussion).
So, despite being the self-proclaimed Worst Cat 5 Crit Racer in Connecticut, I still have a hankering to get better at them. For whatever reason, an urban wasteland like Hartford, CT still seems to have a really strong criterium population, and even the Tuesday Night Practice Crits have serious power. Last year, the most I was able to do was hold onto the pack for a single lap before I got dropped.
My goals for this year are very modest – just to hang with the pack. I think that means developing raw power – not w/kg, not surges, but just FTP.
On the other hand, you have my Wednesday / Saturday club rides. I’m (surprise!) the weakest rider in the A- group, when it comes to hills. I always get dropped and have to hustle on the downhill to catch up. Part of the reason is that the power I have to put out on the hill climbs in order to stay with the group puts me into anaerobic for too long; after a few big hills, I’m burned out and I’m lagging way behind. What this means is that I need to be able to do sustained climbs without burning out.
There may be some overlap in the two goals: the crit where I hung with the pack for a lap had me going 285W for 90 seconds, and big climbs probably hit the same intensity, with the same need to rapidly recover afterwards.
If I was being practical, I’d say I should go for a General Build plan, and hope that there’s enough overlap … but if I wasn’t afraid of being crushed with disappointment, at the end of this season, I would say that I wanted to get better at crits, more, and go with the Short Power build. I could easily see myself getting dropped in my races, though, getting incredibly discouraged, and wishing I had gone for the General Build instead.
Any advice that you guys can give would be incredibly appreciated. Thank you, in advance.