So I’ve just entered the 2nd year of using TR (yay ). I’m midway through SSB LV - in 11 days I will hit the rest week before the ramp test that starts SSB LV II.
I’ve modified the plan a little by adding in an extra 'moderate / rest" week midway, somewhat along the lines (but not exactly as prescribed) of what is recommended in the thread linked below. I did this because I had found at age 47 my recovery and perceived ability to absorb the work for the overall number of continuous weeks of work was somewhat of a limiter and I stumbled across the thread as a solution to this problem so thought I’d give it a go:
NB: Big shoutout to @mcneese.chad for this alternate plan.
I definitely found that having a ‘break’ week (not a full rest week but one less interval workout and also cutting the 90 minute session down to 1 hour, plus no outdoor ride and a few days of ‘lazy mountain’) made a positive difference to my ability to hit all the workouts. Compared to my first time doing SSBLV last year the difference is night and day.
Basically I’ve nailed all but 1 of the workouts and on the one I didn’t nail I only had to down-adjust the intensity for the last 2 intervals of under-overs.
If I continue with this approach (adding in a midway ‘break’ week, then I actually think I could probably take on a bit more work in the weeks before and after.
Up to now I wouldn’t consider this because I was also doing one outdoor group ride each week with relatively high TSS (for me) on top of the three TR interval sessions; but with the weather likely to turn in the UK soon and the evenings closing in it means as time passes I will probably have more incentive to swap out the outdoor ride for an interval session.
So my question is, how much harder really, is the MV version of SSB compared to the LV version?
My plan (if it makes sense) would be to switch to MV, adopt the same mid-block ‘break week’ approach and then if an outdoor ride becomes a possibility switch out one of the MV weekly intervals, with my expectation this would happen only probably 2 or 3 times at the most across the entire block.
Ultimately my initial gauge will be whether or not I see a bump in my FTP from the SSB LV I block that indicates a quantification of the feeling I have that I’ve benefitted from the adoption of the break week approach. My FTP is set at 263 and I’m hoping for a 10 point gain, simply based on how I feel in completing the workouts at present.
If this pans out as I hope, then I will consider the MV switch up but before taking the leap I wanted the check with the more experienced TR users on this forum to try and gauge the degree of ‘step up’ in effort intensity, cumulative fatigue and mental drain that will happen.
I want to make sure I wouldn’t be biting off more than I can chew and ending up burning myself out.
Thanks in advance