I have a question that I would really appreciate some guidance with… I am coming to the end of a build phase in a couple of weeks, and am now debating whether to continue to specialty as originally planned, or go back to base (specifically SSBII). This is partly because of the current situation in the UK (all TTs cancelled) and also to continue training for hopefully some late season hill climbs (August-October, if they go ahead). I am not sure on the best approach based on what would be the most effective for achieving a peak around this time, and also not adding too much stress so that I don’t burn out by then.
For context, I started using TR in December with SSBI & II, then sustained power build, the plan was to then continue to specialty 40k TT (I would have been doing TTs from March-June), then taking a recovery week (or more if needed) then going back to build but this time short power build for the hill climb season later in the year, followed by gravity specialty (I had seen this suggested as the best specialty for the UK hill climb season). This would time perfectly with the events, selecting my ‘A race’ for October. This cycle of base/build/specialty/build/specialty is what is recommended by plan builder, however it now feels a little pointless to go into a TT specialty plan when I am very unlikely to be able to race any TTs any time soon (all definitely cancelled until end of June so far, and after that I want to focus on hill climbs).
I thought about going back to SSBII (not I, as that would add too much time… I would only just start build at the end of July, when hopefully there will be some hill climbs from August onwards), but I don’t know if this would be actually adding more stress than just doing a specialty, or if it would be a good decision to help me build to a higher peak later, or if it would even mean a drop in fitness. I remember hearing or reading that specialty aims for more ‘freshness’ so does that mean it’s less fatiguing than SSBII? Or as it is aiming to bring you to a peak would that actually increase my chance of burnout? I suppose I am wondering, is there a benefit to one over the other, in terms of fitness gains and increase in FTP? I have heard a lot of talk of now being a good time to go back to base, so I am wondering if I would see some benefit from this rather than specialty.
My other option is to continue with specialty, in which case I suppose I could continue with the TT specialty, hoping that in some way that will help for when I eventually go back to TTs (these are important to me, they were more of a goal this year than the hill climbs until COVID-19, so they are still a long term goal for 2021). Or maybe I could just pick a specialty plan that looks interesting to follow, or to work on something a bit different. I am not sure if I really want to do the gravity specialty plan now, and then repeat again in not very long… I would be worried about potential burnout/motivation and also it seems at odds with just completing sustained power. Any thoughts or advice would be very well received!