Background: My A race is on 9/14; it’s a 60ish mile gravel race with a ton of climbing. This will be my first race ever, and my goal is just to finish within the time cutoff – not trying to be competitive, except with myself. I just came off of sweet spot base I & II low volume and felt like I nailed all the workouts. My FTP is 240 after a bump I got this morning (just reassessed, I completed SSBLVII at 221 FTP). I weigh 152lbs.
So, here’s the issue – I started sustained power build low volume today. I have 4 weeks of this before a 3 week long vacation in Europe, after which I only have 4 weeks to train before the event in question. I don’t think I’ll have access to a bike during my vacation, so my plan is to maintain fitness with a long hike each week and 2-3 runs while I’m overseas. So, my questions:
- Is sustained power build for the next 4 weeks a good plan? I’m pretty sure this is the right build plan for my event. Following the plans religiously, starting build is the right move at this point, since I just came off base, and I know that build is really two 4 week blocks, so it should be fine to just take the first of the two blocks and skip the second?
- Is a few runs and a long hike a week while on vacation a decent plan for maintaining fitness? Going off of https://blog.trainerroad.com/recover-maintain-and-build-fitness-after-completing-a-full-training-cycle/#drop%203, I figure I can use a 3-4 hour hike for maintaining aerobic endurance, longer sustained runs for threshold, and some running intervals for anaerobic power.
- What should I do for the 4 weeks before my race, after I get back from vacation? I could take the second 4 week block of sustained power build, I could take the first 4 week block of sustained power build again, or I could take a block of specialty (century seems most appropriate for my event), any thoughts or suggestions on what the best option is?