Looking for some thoughts. I was originally planning to do an Ironman in September, but with all going on that doesn’t look it will happen. Instead I have reset my sights on the Garden State New Jersey Gran Fondo Estremo Route. It is 125 miles with 10,000+ feet of climbing. It’s a very punchy-climb based event with 6-timed climbs. Regarding the Build Phase, I am trying to figure out my Build Phase. I have time for two build phases, so am doing Mid-Volume Short-Power first then planning to do High Volume Short Power for my second Build phase (or drop back and redo the mid-volume if the high volume is too much), then Rolling Road Race for my Speciality.
I am wondering if the Short Power Phase will provide enough long-distance benefit for the distance and terrain. My plan is ride in my Zone 2 to preserve energy as well as take advantage of descents and coasting to tackle these punchy climbs (which there are a lot) which would be more Zones 4 and 5 possibly 6 (threshold, VO2max, anaerobic capacity), or if I should combine a General Build + a Short Power Build to build benefits of both, and have my Rolling Road Race for my Specialization phase.
Thoughts? on this approach given the distance and elevation? Thanks!