Thank you in advance to anyone who reads/responds
I have two questions on planning my base phase, I am currently in my first full week of (first time with more then one day off the bike since April) I plan to start back up in high volume base 1, originally my plan was to finish this month out on a low volume specialty plan for a race, but life got in the way and all the race is still happening I will not be attending, so decided this was the opportune time to take a full week off from exercise. After my first Base/Build/Specialty cycle was full complete, I had went from 260 watts to 251 watt FTP, this was my first peak and I knew I couldn’t hold it so it was expected, so my question now is I ramp tested, did some workout, and then took a week off, do I need to take the ramp test when I come back, my concern is that after 8 days of not doing anything my ramp test will not be a accurate representation of what I can do, is it better to take it and do the first block with what I get, or just jump back in with the FTP from my latest ramp test.
The second part is, originally I was going to start base training in November, but a race that will be in Spring grabbed my attention and starting now I will get to have a almost perfect Base/Build/Specialty for it. In the first block of Base it will still be plenty nice out to draw me to the outdoors, on the weekends the Sunday workout has a replacement of doing a longer zone 2 day, I plan to do a couple of these as I enjoy the longer rides, but on the flip side does it make sense to do something similar with the Wednesday workout, it is a 1 hour sweet spot workout that grows to 1h 20m, would doing something like 1.5 hour zone 2 ride outside (probably on the mountain bike to unwind) make the same sense, or am I starting to loose sight of the plan and better served doing Mid Volume, the reason I want to do high volume is the enjoyment of the longer sweet spot workouts. I have been doing 10 hours a week for a bit now, and having similar TSS although it was difficult, but that was with added intensity of specialty plan workouts, so wanting to experiment with the base high volume.
Apologizes for the long post with probably unnecessary details, but thank you again for any help.