Lessons learned from last year, and the start of this year makes it somewhat apparent that doing 5 weeks of work, such as in the Sweet Spot Base I & II plans, seems to be a bit too much, leading to failing work outs in the 4th/5th week. (or just giving up). And to make a plan succesfull, you have to stick to the plan.
Work, life, stress, not sleeping well, extra riding, all play a part in the fatigue rising and making me less than succesfull at sticking to the plan.
I do the low volume plan, which is only 3.5 hours of work a week.
But supplement that with mostly Z0/ Z1 riding to average between 10 - 14 hours a week.
Recovery week i try to do about 6 - 7 hours easy.
At the moment i’ve modified my plan to have a recovery week every 4th week.
After CX season 1 take 1 week completely off, then i do a few weeks of easy traditional base type riding before i get into doing work.
This looks like this:
Week of VO2
Week of VO2
SSB2 wk1 (skipping wk6 of SSB1 which is the recovery week)
SPB wk1 (skipping wk6 of SSB2 which is the recovery week)
SPB wk5 (skipping wk4 of SPB which is the recovery week)
Then my Cyclocross season starts.
SSB1 = sweet spot base 1
SSB2 = sweet spot base 2
SPB = short power build
Does this sound ok?
I could also construct this with 4 weeks of work followed with 1 week of recovery.