Well . . . I think you could go one of two ways:
Do what I was originally suggesting, which is repeating SSB LV1 - and maybe repeating a few weeks to perfectly fill the 8 week gap. This way you’d have a full, steady build all the way up to your event.
Do Base --> Build --> Specialty and the do a re-build leading up to your event.
My untrained, unprofessional two-cents is that I don’t think you can really go wrong with either approach. You’re gong to get faster and fitter with each approach.
If I had followed my original plan, I would have showed up to my ‘A’ race in really, really good shape. Bryce’s feedback gave me some tips on how to optimize around the progression of plans, as well a (perhaps) getting a mini-peak before a ‘B’ event. Overall, I kind of think it probably makes less than a 5% difference in fitness – so I took his advice and re-worked my plan (and I also learned something). But it’s not like if I went my original direction I would have been a mess…I would have been pretty well off.
Also, I’ll say this – again from my personal experience, but I think @chad has mentioned this in a podcast before – I don’t think you’re going to want to stack heavy Vo2 work beyond 4-6 weeks. If you’ve been doing Vo2 works for 6 weeks, I would DEFINITELY ratchet down to a recovery work and/or some sweet spot block.
Not only will you physiologically beat yourself down, but psychologically you’ll probably get tired of the ass-whipping your trainer is regularly dishing out and your motivation will wane.