So here’s the deal. I just added another child to family (she’s 4 months) and already have a 6 and 4 year old. Life just got exponentially more tricky in terms of being able to fit in exercise.
Last year when I was training (Dec-Mar) I would do M/W/F mornings (on bike by 5:30 or 6 am) and then work a weekend ride in when possible. I was able to do this because both of my “older” children would sleep in till 7 which gave me enough time to sneak out and ride while everyone was still stleeping.
Training in the evening wasn’t possible. Things are different this season as one of my kids has decided that he no longer wants to sleep in…making it impossible for me to get on the bike while the family sleeps. It wouldn’t be fair of me to ask my wife to wake up early so I’m kind of in a bit of a pickle here.
Starting Jan 1 I’m going to work back into things (currently on an 8 week strength training plan with a couple Z2/Z3 rides per week) in earnest.
My plan is to start with Sweet Spot Base Low Volume I on January 1, take a 7 day rest week, and then do the SSBLVII plan on February 19th followed by a 7 day rest week and then General Build Low Volume starting on April 9. This takes me to May 27th—which is the same weekend as an A race. Perfect lead up.
Below is a screenshot of my last 18 months of training/riding/racing.
I have found a lot of improvement over this time and have managed to put together a nice, albeit short, CX season this year. I went from cat 5 to 4 and managed to podium three 3/4 races. TR works. I’m a bit uncertain though as to whether or not I’m going to get stronger this off season given current life situations. Perhaps the off-season strength training will yield a benefit and on-the-bike work will simply hold me at current fitness. Can/should I hope for more?
My question is this. At my current fitness, can I expect ANY gains during this block of training or is there simply not enough TSS to raise my CTL enough?