A little late to the game here since I didn’t want to say anything until the plan was actually done.
Since the new plans were just released & a stage race was just completed I decided to use mid-volume Rolling Road Race to train for my next event: A flattish 50 mile gravel race.
My training is in that ‘tweener’ zone where mid volume really isn’t enough work for me but high volume is totally beyond the pale. Usually a mid-vol plan gets scheduled and then I’ll fill it in with quite a bit more endurance work and a little bit more sweet spot. Specifically, instead of an off day on Monday 45 minutes to an hour of endurance work got scheduled…instead of an hour of endurance on Wednesday an hour & a half of endurance or (more often) an hour endurance in the morning plus the regularly scheduled endurance workout in the afternoon. On weekends I frequently did an extra hour of endurance in the morning & the regularly scheduled workout in the afternoon.
Finally, the Sunday sweet spot workout got upgraded by a point. If a sweetspot 3.8 workout was scheduled it got upgraded to a sweetspot 4.8. Same duration. Love those progression levels. Love the new workout search filters. Yeeha.
No ramp test at the end of the plan. Never do a ramp test in your taper. That which you can, you can. All a ramp test will do is screw with your head.
My honest thoughts after the plan but before my event: not enough hard work. I never felt like one of these workouts was going to break me. Never felt like I was walking through waste deep corn syrup during the day. Everything was very do-able.
Objectively, looking at my race PRE rolling road race plan 6 miles into the first stage I got gapped and dropped in spite of only putting out NP 238 watts for that portion of the race.
At my POST rolling road race plan event…went out hard for the first 6 miles or so. NP 232. Four power spikes over 400W, three of which were ~500W, one of those was over 600W. But this time I won the race. We finished comfortably under 2.5 hours so the group was moving right along.
This morning I PRed a 22 mile loop that I test myself on from time to time. By more than 90 seconds.
So the new plan worked well for me. Your mileage may vary.