I’m trying to decide between Short Power Build LV and General Build LV for trail MTB applications (not racing, just trying to improve my PRs). Having reviewed the forum I found the following most informative from @Bryce:
Let me see if I can clear this up. Sorry for the confusion, it seems that for whatever reason this topic was a bit of a blind spot for me, so I’ve dug a deeper to come up with a conclusive answer for you guys.
Cases where Short Power Build is a Better Choice:
- If you are racing something like a UCI-style XC Olympic Race
- If you plan to race aggressively and dynamically with short punches. You consider yourself an “animator”.
- You know your body responds well to this type of training
Cases where General Build is a Better Choice:
- If you are racing something with more sustained features (long climbs or very flat)
- If you plan to race in a very sustained manner. This type of racer tends to be less active and more reactive
- You know your body responds well to a sustained approach to training
Again, I’m sorry for any confusion I’ve caused here, let me know if you have any further questions"
On this basis I am leaning towards Short Power Build. But would someone care to explain some “body responses” (3rd bullet above) that might lead me to a different conclusion? Are we talking about odd heartbeats during training weeks with 140% FTP peaks? I did have that symptom but when I asked my GP, she said that this is normal when working close to max HR…
I’m not looking for medical advice here but plan choice advice and information about how prevalent events of odd cardio activity are during weeks of relatively high-intensity work.