I am new to using structured training on a long term basis. Previously I had developed my skills mainly by just riding on the road. My situation is as follows- I am 58 and a year ago my tested FTP was 283W. A couple of months after that test I had a hip injury as was off the bike entirely for roughly nine months. When I got the all clear to ride again I decided to use TR to regain my lost fitness. Right at the start my FTP had dropped to about 200W. I am just about to complete SSB2 and I am going to go on to general power build. My FTP has risen back to about 230W. My question is this - what happens after general build? What do I do next? What about the next six months? I will probably be doing TR and outdoor riding together at that time. Do I stay on some sort of build plan? Just more base? I don’t have any particular event goals at this time. I am just trying to get back to where I used to be.
You have loads of options and it all comes down to your goals!! Do you have an event you want to target?
- Another round of base followed by build. Depending on your time constraints and general desire you could go from LV to MV if you did LV last time.
- A different build program.
- Do a speciality anyway… just pick one that seems fun.
- Enjoy your fitness on the road for spring and summer and don’t stress too much (especially if you dont have a defined goal event).
What I usually do during spring and summer is substitute in (hard) group rides for the TR workouts on a given day. If it’s a day I can’t or won’t do the group ride then I’ll do the ride in whatever plan I have in the calendar.
We recommend the full Base > Build >Specialty progression for all of our racers, even if you don’t have a specific target event. The periodized process helps to vary the stimulus experienced by your body, helping you to get faster. Even though you’re not racing, I have a feeling that getting faster is one of your goals
To further extend your training season, you’ll do what is called a “re-build”, where you revisit the Build and Specialty Phases. This will look like this:
Base ----------(12 Weeks)
This should take you through the length of your season, at which point you’ll take a little time of before starting the cycle over again