Along with most I’d pretty well written off this year, I didn’t partake in my first event because I broke my collar bone then just as I was ramping things up to get prepared for the next event the pandemic struck and the UK went into lockdown.
That’s messed up that event, which would have been at Easter, and also the next one, one of my ‘A’ events, which would have been last week. However last night I got an email that the next on my list may go ahead depending on how quickly the UK comes out of lockdown and local feeling about long distance biking.
The event is on the 1st/2nd August, originally I’d marked it as a ‘B’ event but it might as well be an ‘A’ for now. The event is a mountain bike ITT at 300km with just under 6700m of climbing. Generally the climbs are long rather than steep though there’s a lot of them. Some are get off and push as it’s most energy efficient.
That leaves me in a quandry: I’ve currently got two weeks left of the speciality plan I’m following - Climbing Road Race - and after that I had planned to drop back to SSB-LV2 and then do General Build LV. Both blocks would be supplemented by long rides at the weekend. SSB-LV2 will finish ten days before this event.
Should I stick to my current plan or skip SSB and just do General Build but build a longer taper to fill out the nine weeks? Or something else?