I posted a few months back about training for a huge climb that I am going for here in Ecuador. The Strava segment for the climb is here. 44.1 Miles with 12,242ft of elevation… brutal.
I have been following the Sustained Power Build plan, and I have been super happy with my progressing fitness. A ramp test here in Cuence, Ecuador at 8,500ft last week gave me an FTP of 255, which translates to roughly 290-300 at sea level, which is a personal best for me (currently just below 170lbs).
My question is regarding my taper before this big ride. I am planning to go for it on February 24th, and I want to put myself in the best position I can to drop the fastest time I can do. Any advice or ideas about what my taper should be/when to start would be much appreciated. I understand that the final week of the plan is supposed to be a taper week. Will this be sufficient? From some research online, it seems that people recommend about a two week taper before a big event, where you reduce volume, but maintain some intensity and roughly the same frequency of workouts. Thoughts? The entirety of my attempt at the climb will be tempo work between 75-90% of threshold, so I am a little confused on if I should continue to focus on some higher intensity work in the coming weeks.
Any insight or advice will be hugely appreciated!