My question is regarding the specificity of training for an event using trainer-road plans.
My A event is Maratona Del Dolomiti in July. With 4000m climbing over 130km and a sting in the tail of Passo Giau at 10km averaging 10%.
Ive been a trainer road user for around 18months, ftp around 3W/kg. Ive completed a few rounds of Base, Build and speciality, eg for last summers 100mile sportives.
The Maratona target is just to complete it. I feel SSB II and the sustained power build put a fair amount of time into threshold sessions It seems logical that i should focus on sweetspot - building ftp whilst increasing the interval time and workout duration to target the requirements of the Maratona.
I understand that threshold and VO2 workouts will influence FTP however there will be no sprinting for me during the event. Quite the opposite, i will need to pace all the climbs at an intensity of around 75%.
Would i be better prepared doing almost entirely sweet-spot between now and July?