I’d like to share my thoughts with you and would appreciate your feedback.
(Sorry in advance if you find my English not 100% understandable or find any kind of typos / misspelled words… I’m Spanish and English is not my native language )
A little bick of background before we dig deep into the details:
Average triathlete that started the wrong way jumping straight into an Ironman competition. Not competing since July 2018 (it was a half-IM with a finishing time of 5:15 - bike split for 90km/1100m+: 2:45h)
Training consistently 10+ hours (including strength training) on the bike since August
FTP August: 244W @64kg
Working as an in-house management consultant for a Bank in a “09:00-to-20:00” basis
I’m racing the next edition of the ABSA Cape Epic, taking place 15th-22nd March 2020. Since I’m an average rider, I decided to hire a coach that would help me achieve my goals and boost my cycling fitness. We started working together mid August and laid out the planning for the season. Taking into account that we are still way too far from my A-race (B- & C- stage races will take place between January and February), he decided that the best way to go was doing a long traditional base. So far, so good.
Nevertheless, I’m almost 3 months into the planned season and I’m not perceiving tangible improvements. I haven’t tested my FTP since August, but I feel that it hasn’t changed that much. Due to my working schedule I only have ~1.5 - 2 hours a day to train, but the workouts that my coach is planning for me are 95% of the time Z2 rides. Mon-Fri I do 1-1:15 hours Z2 rides and clock more hours in the saddle (both on road & MTB) in the weekends. Are these 1-hour-Z2-indoor rides providing any benefit or have I just “wasted” my time for 3 months?
I’ve recently switched from Zwift to TR and had a look at the training plans. The proposed approach differs a lot when compared to my the plan my coach is developing for me. In a TR Traditional Base, rides are way longer. In a TR SSBase, rides are the same duration but include “quality work”. As you can imagine, my perception right now is that I haven’t been working in the most optimal way.
Another thing I noticed is that Build and Specialty phases are designed to last 8 weeks each in the TR plans, while my coach’s approach include 7 weeks of Build phase and 6 of peak phase.
I know this is not an exact science, but would like to know if I’m better off firing my coach and following TR plans. Most of my rides are solo, but when I train with my MTB grupetto I feel a lack of punch and think I’m not that fit after 3 months of “traditional base”
Thank you very much in advance for your feedback.