I’m in the middle of Sustained Power Build MV and just went completely off the rails on week 3. I’m pretty sure I know why this happened, it’s fairly obvious looking back at my training calendar. This being my first wholehearted attempt at structured training, I’m still looking for a sanity check and advise on how to adapt in the future.
I started off with SSBMV 1 back in April, finished with 100% compliance.
Progressed to SSBMV 2, followed the plan with 100% compliance until the very last ride of my recover week. I went outdoors and did this:
Probably not the smartest way to preface Sustained Power Build. Nevertheless I bumped the ramp test back by one day and carried on. I got through the to the end of week 2 without issues and then did this century ride instead of my scheduled Sunday workout:
So on week 3 I bumped everything back a day right off the bat. Fell apart on the 2nd set of intervals in Bashful +6, had to drop the intensity down 3% halfway through Carpathian Peak +1, and my legs gave out on the 2nd interval in Elephants +4. After that I figure I should just cool it, move on to week 4 recovery and play it by ear.
And in the middle of all this, the AC air handler flooded and destroyed our bedroom ceiling in the middle of build week 2. That added a pile of stress and forced us to adopt makeshift sleeping arrangements without AC in the middle of a heatwave.
Looking back on all this, should I have gone straight into a recovery week following my century ride? Or I should have skipped my Saturday workouts knowing I was going to do a big ride the day after? Maybe both? Neither outdoor ride was part of a long term plan, but that’s part of the fun of cycling. I don’t want to be rigid and skip out on fun rides like that in the future, but I don’t want to derail my structured training either.