in the third year of TR I had a doubt after reading the answers given here: Implementation and modification of TR plan for gran fondo focused race season
and here Building strength for alpine climbing for a recreational road cyclist
First of all some data about me:
- 50 years, 178x78-80kg
- 8 Grand Fondo a year: my only type A is the Sportful Dolomiti Race, aiming to reach the first half of the standings, obviously as much as possible close to the firsts
- my second seasonal goal, the easiest, is to be fit (have a peak in fitness) the last 2 weeks of August that I usually ride by bike (last 3 years in the Dolomites) with my family
- third season of TR: I have always followed, in the previous seasons, the plans SSB1, SSB2, SustainedPB and Climbing Road Race
The last 3 years (2016-2018) were very different from each other: 2016 was problematic because of a fall resulting in a broken shoulder, 2017 was perhaps my best year, obviously compared to the age, leading a good result at GF Sportful, “pushing” for the whole race
The 2018 was a disaster: I did a lot of “long rides” at the beginning of the year because I hoped they help me to face the GF Strdae Bianche but not only the race didn’t finish well, I had cramps after the first 100km when I had a good average speed, but then I had the same problem of cramps in many other subsequent races.
Surely I made the wrong preparation in 2018.
Now I’m halfway through the SustainedPB and my doubt, as I said, when I read the answers above, is how to proceed, so as in the past with the Climbing Road Race or, maybe, the Century plan could be better.
I had to say that it is true that I do not intend (nor have the possibility) to make or respond to attacks in the race, my goal is to finish in the first half of the standings, but it is also true that I love the climbs and I enjoy, at least for how I can, to “attack” always, even when I’m alone: in short, I’m not happy just “to reach the top” … sorry for my english, I don’t know if I made myself clear