Hey guys and gals,
Trainer Road user here for the past several years and podcast listener. As you would suspect I am looking at gathering some advice on the upcoming new year. I am looking for plan advice that will go alongside my weight loss goal for the upcoming year. I honestly do not have any “A” events that I am shooting for other than incremental improvement for the upcoming year. My weaknesses are in the sustained climbs and I feel my weight is the anchor, thus I am looking at a focused gym and changes in the diet to address. Riding alone has not addressed this area.
I am currently 53 years old, club level A rider that logs around 10K miles annually who just completed an endurance block during the Holidays. My weight currently sits at 84kgs and would like to shoot for 75kgs to start and I plan on looking into an off the bike program (gym) that will help with my weight loss goals. The gym will focus on my core area.
I was initially looking at a low volume base with 3 TR workouts a week with a twice a week gym program with Friday being the day off. I likely would ride with the club on the weekends and during inclement weather peppering a TR workout. This would likely carry me through March as the time changes and with the longer days more outside riding is available.
Since I already have a “base” would it be advisable to start with the build plan and then flow into the specialty plan as that will take me into the spring? Or would you advise starting with base regardless? Looking at low volume plans since I would be looking at least 2 gym workouts per week.
I realize this might not be as structured as some of the other plans with rider goals defined or “A” events planned around, but I am a rider who is looking for incremental gains that can be realized going onto the new riding season. I rarely will train indoors during in-season as I would rather be out than inside.