Like everyone, I didn’t have much of a season this year. The only “racing” I did was a weekly Strava based TT series. When things started getting cancelled, I used plan builder to peak for the final "race’ in the TT. I did an abbreviated Sustained Power Build block, followed by an abbreviated 40k TT Specialty block.
The final race was 6 weeks ago, and since then, I did ~2 weeks of unstructured riding. Mostly 60-90 minutes Z2 riding, with the occasional KOM attempt, and 2 or 3 interval sessions for “fun”/sanity.
After two unstructured weeks, I did the first 3 weeks of SP Build. Which takes me to today…
My plan was to do exactly this… 3 weeks of a build block > 2 weeks totally off (read: Off-Season) > then jump into 2021 base.
However, I’ve got a lot of good momentum going, feel no burnout, and have made it through 3 weeks of high volume build with 0 skipped or shortened workouts for the first time ever. I’m tempted to take this week as the scheduled recovery week, then finish the final four weeks of the build block. After that, I’d take a recovery week and then jump into 2021 Base.
I know that a true-off season would probably benefit me down the road, but I also have this idea in my head that I could finish this build block with a nice FTP bump, and then knock back the intensity to going into my first 2021 base phase (I’m planning to do traditional base over SSB, so intensity will diminish greatly).
Convince me that the off-season break is fully needed.