Just throwing this out there as an idea and to generate discussion…
On a low volume plan are recovery weeks needed/too long?
I can only do the LV plans due to family and time constraints. I think body could handle MV plans but life doesn’t allow it. Therefore considering if I really need the recovery weeks in full then I already have 4 rest days a week anyway.
Maybe do a semi-recovery week instead with instead of 3 easier rides, doing 1-2 harder ones and 1-2 easier rides (maybe front loading week with harder workouts to leave as 3-4 days at end of week with just 1 easy workout and 2-3 full rest days.)
I just feel that I’ve stagnated a bit lately (my FTP last summer was 275w and now 280w so pretty mich identical…but have lost about 7kg) and wondered if only doing ‘semi-recovery’ weeks might be a good way to increase training load.
I guess only answer is to try and see!!!