How does Plan Builder Add Extra Training?
Plan Builder adds extra training depending on your experience level. We break it down between Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert.
Beginner and intermediate athletes benefit most from adding extra Base — then Build — if they have extra time.
Advanced athletes benefit most by adding extra Build — then Base — if they have extra time.
Expert athletes benefit most by adding extra Base — then Build — if they have extra time.
Honestly, after reading their criteria I have no idea which one to select, but I’m leaning towards either intermediate or advanced.
I started structured training in November 2017, since then I’ve consistently done the low volume plan supplemented with extra rides without much structure. In total I’ve average about 7.5 hours per week of riding since I started. I briefly tried the mid-volume plans but decided they cut into my mountain bike time too much to be enjoyable, so I’m sticking with low-volume.
Anyways, given that I’ve been doing the low-volume plan consistently for 2.5 years what category would I fall into? Is there a way to quantify these categories?
The biggest difference seems to be if I select advanced it drops ssb1. Now, I love doing ssb1, it’s my favorite. However, I’ve noticed that my FTP always goes backwards over SSB1, recovers during SSB2, and increases during build. So is SSB1 even worthwhile? Is the fact that my power numbers don’t go up over SSB1 evidence that I should select advanced and skip it?
Also, I just finished going through SSB1, SSB2, and Build. I was supposed to start speciality this week, but due to the C19 my A event got push backed from the beginning of June to the end of July so I’m trying to adjust for the additional two months of training I’ll have.