I’ve just completed my first season using TrainerRoad (and my first season doing structured training). I basically just did Base 1 -> Base 2 -> Sustained Power Build -> Climbing Specialty (all high volume) and it was wildly successful. My FTP went from 250 to 350. I’m in a rest week now and planning what I will do when I restart base training. When I originally did Base 1 I was totally new to sweet spot and it was physically and mentally brutal so I definitely needed the shorter intervals (like 5x10 mins in Antelope) or else I wouldn’t have survived. However, now that I’m used to sweet spot and a lot fitter I can do 3x30, 2x40, 1x90, etc. I’m looking at Base 1 now and it looks too easy. The total amount of sweet spot seems fine, but it’s broken into such small chunks.
So here’s my question: should I just do Base 1 HV as it suggests in plan builder, or is that designed to avoid crushing newer people (like me from a year ago)? I’ve read in several places (including a few people on this forum) that once you’re adjusted to sweet spot it’s better to do longer intervals but the plans in TR don’t seem to include workouts like Polar Bear, Phoenix, Wright Peak (full version), etc. I don’t necessarily want to do more TSS, but possibly more heavily polarized training. ie: fewer sweet spot days but with bigger blocks and more easy days.
I don’t want to be arrogant and think I know more than the TR plan designers, but I also know that they build the plans taking into account the psychology and time constraints of the average user, and not all of those constraints apply to me.
Any input is much appreciated