A few years ago, when i first started cycling, i’ve had FTP tests done in a lab. It showed i was good at pushing through lactate and had a very high tolerance. But my calculated VO2 (mid 40’s) was very unimpressive, although that was at the start of my cycling ‘career’ and have not had it tested again, so possibly its better now. Over the years, i’ve never really trained VO2. So i’m contemplating modifying my current plan a bit to include 1 VO2 workout a week, substituting 1 of the SST/Threshold workouts. Probably the Tabata protocol.
Does this make any sense or …"stick to the plan.?
Some additional info:
My plan is SSB1 + 2 - Short power build - cyclocross season.
I train specifically for cyclocross.
I do the Low volume plan (3.5 hours a week) but include additional road rides at lower endurance intensity to end up between 10 to 14 hours a week.
38 years old
current FTP 300 Watt / 3.60 W/kg
PS1: I do see that the SSB 2 plan already included VO2 on the tuesday…so maybe stick to the plan is correct for this phase
PS2: after CX season, i stick to strictly low endurance base training for a few weeks before i start my new plan. Would it be beneficial to include some VO2 work at that point? Of maybe do 2/3/4 weeks of just VO2 work?
PS3: first week of february i started with base training (Z0/1/2) for 10-14 hours a week. Started SSB 1 on 31st of March, so a good base to start with.