Hi everyone. Looking for some opinions and advice to help me guide my training.
I maintain a high volume training plan for the past few years. I can handle a lot of TSS (800-900 during base, 700-800 during build) since I optimize quite a bit and prioritize recovery. Recently I’ve had some real breakthrough performances that I have been incredibly happy with, super happy with my current fitness.
Due to uncertainty around racing returning, I decided to go through with a full Base+Build+Specialty cycle without having any idea when racing would come back. That means I am now 4 weeks away from completing Specialty, right before the first race of the season. DUMBASS.
Now I am looking ahead at my race calendar seems I am guaranteed to burn out. I hope to race a crit nearly every weekend from April 11th through August 1st.
Given how much I currently train, I feel like I need to maintain a certain volume if I don’t want my fitness to fall off a cliff, but I understand I may need to be OK with some losses to avoid burnout.
Do I finish out my Specialty phase then go back to a build phase during the race season? Maybe move down to a mid-volume plan?
Do I stop right now and take a week long “off season” to freshen up, then start back in with few weeks of Base, then Build+Specialty again?
Should I try to maintain a high level of fitness by repeating Specialty weeks for the first 6-8 weeks of the season and then take a break?
I am so confused.