Weird to be asking this in the middle of the TdF with both the Giro and Vuelta yet to come… So 2020, the training was just very unproductive for me. I could not gain any traction. FTP tanked and so did a few other metrics. I just gave it all up and rode my bike like a loon through August to hit some Strava challenge a mates egged me to do. FWIW both of them bailed out of it.
I was targeting for a PB assault on a climb here at the end of this month. Till the training fell apart. Having just done a massive Z2 block just now. I am having a rest week and then doing a mini VO2 max block and trying for the PB. That is just to see what happens. I am not that hopeful. It is more by way of an experiment in seeing where I really am ATM. I have another reference ride that will be a long SS drag that I will do the following week.
The real question is as a masters (52) what next? Wisdom has it that us masters should not take a break from riding during the off season as we lose too much fitness that way. I usually do lose 10% of my FTP if I take a break and then start the Base-Build-Specialty cycle again. That happen last winter. It never really came back up this year. So I was going to rotate back to SSB2 LV and commit to the strength training once this PB shot is done. Rinse and repeat until there is a glimmer of a season. I was also going to sub in one outdoor ride a month in excess of 3 hours… maybe tack on some progressive SSB blocks to them.
My question really is about the premise of Masters losing fitness so rapidly. Is there anything we can do to minimize the dip? Am I on the right track here or gunning for another unproductive season in 2021?
On a related note I am just a grand Fondo rider; I usually stick to the sustained power build and century pattern. (I live in flat lands so I have no hills, but have to ride them in the fondos). Is there any masters specific mods worth doing on plans? I did mess with the rest to work ratio but that didn’t help me at all this year and I think it may have been counter productive in my case.
[Edit: Loss rate was a typo 10% not 20%]