My questions is this:
I’ve been following the LV Climbing Road Race plan for my ‘A’ event which was scheduled for 7 June. Obviously this is now cancelled but I decided to stick with the training plan - not something I’ve done with great discipline in the past, but the progress and gains were really motivating.
The LV plan is the most I could really do, and means 4 hours training/riding a week. Not a huge TSS as a result but enough to keep my FTP on an upward curve and a respectable level of fitness. However, the event in question was a bit of a brute - 220Km of riding and 3500m or so of climbing which probably would have meant a 9 hour day (or more) in the saddle. Recently it’s dawned on me that there’s a massive deficit between my weekly TSS, and the TSS of the event (approx 600) as well as how long I am conditioned to sit in the saddle having not done any outdoor riding for a while. How could I have overcome this deficit, or more the point, does it matter? Was I over reaching with my ‘goal event’ and just setting myself up for an absolute shoeing come the event? Was Low Volume too little?
As a foot note, I’ve listened to recent podcasts about the perils of adding in extra volume, but I did it anyway because of this deficit to see what would happen. Result - I’ve not been me able to complete all of the VO2 sessions when I’ve come back to the plan (still trying to complete the last bits of the speciality phase). The reason why is not so mind boggling in terms of self prescribed extra TSS, but if I couldn’t cope with this top up, I can’t help but think I would have been massively under prepared for my event. To rub salt in the wound my Garmin is telling me I’m losing condition. Let’s assume there’s no other external forces at work - I’m sleeping well, eating & hydrating etc, no external stresses out of the norm (or the new ‘mid pandemic’ norm).