FRIENDS I NEED YOUR HELP!!
I have a friend that is completely new to cycling as of January 2020 and has never done indoor training. Consulting me he got a Wahoo Kickr and signed up for TrainerRoad and started, based on my advice, the SSBLV1 training plan in January. I created a TrainerRoad Team which he joined so I could monitor his workouts and coach him in areas I thought would help him progress more easily and hon the skills he would need as a cyclist. I expected him to naturally progress to SSBLV2 and then we’d talk about which Build Plan would be the best for his goals. However, after completing SSBLV1 he stopped training due to work and vacation but upon coming back I noticed he was doing workouts that were not part of SSBLV2. He didn’t give me a reason, just said he loaded into the calendar week 2 of the Short Power Build. I tried to explain to him, using the knowledge I’ve gained from Coach Chad, Jonathan and Nate over the years, the rhyme and reasons for why the SSB plans were designed the way they were and that jumping around to different plans before completing both SSB plans would not be a wise move and could jeapardize the desired aerobic adaptations SSB would help develop, especially for a new cyclist. His FTP at the start landed at 185watts. He’s an experienced runner, but any advice to help him understand that his best results will come from following the plans the say and in the order they were designed would be great.