It’s a non-training day, so I get to think about stuff! Mainly just posting to get other CX folks to get on the train and share what my rough plan is. I’m almost at the end of sustained power build HV and my plan has been to start with CX training once I finish this plan. Not sure if I had thought about this originally, but a full base-build-specialty plan would have me finish in late Nov, which is pretty much the tail end of the season, so not really ideal!
So I really don’t think I need to go with base 1 again, my CTL is nearly 90 and not very fatigued, so I’ll jump right back in with SSB2 HV, then follow-up with short power build HV (or maybe mid volume and do more endurance stuff outdoors and not be a slave to the trainer) and then probably back off the CX specialty to mid or low volume to accommodate racing without creating too much fatigue with the weekday workouts. This approach would run until late Oct and then I’d peak for some November races; I don’t really care about peaking per se, I raced last year with decreasing CTL from Sept forward and did ok.
I’ll be interested in seeing how this full approach pays off at events, last year I had the unorthodox approach of just going with CX specialty without doing build (I was doing a lot of endurance/sweet spot miles ahead of a granfondo in July). I had what was a great year (for me) anyway, so I’m excited to see what this year might bring.