I am a fresh off the couch newbie that is finishing up my last week of build MV next week (mid november) after completing SSBMV I and II. Normally the progression is to go into specialty, (RRoad is what I would pick) but its winter and there really isn’t any ‘racing’ in my area, that being said. I do want to more or less ‘peak’ for summer 2021 outdoor rides.
Would I be better off going back to SSBMV I and II, Build, then specialty with the goal of a peak fitness for summer? Or is there value for someone like me to do a specialty plan to acquire some experience in those plans before returning to a base/build/specialty round 2 leading up to a June peak?
I don’t have an endurance background at all, and my Ftp progression has been really good so far in SSB/Build. im up from 174 to mid 234 as of my last ramp 2 weeks ago. I am struggling with the longer 1.5h/2h weekend workouts in build, (low energy, hard to hold my cadence + power over the longer threshold stuff thats 90% or more for 15-20 min durations) Since starting TR i’ve increased my sleep to 8.5+ and feel like I could use more but between work/family thats about the best I can manage. Nutrition is solid, I eat clean year round and if anything I need to drop 5-8 kilo by summer, but im currently not in a calorie deficit since the workouts are so hard and im trying to build up to a respectable FTP first.