My first post and I know my question is similar to some in the past but wanted to share how the best plans get disrupted. I thought this post would be about finishing the 200-mile Sea-2-Key (Ormond Beach to Cedar Key) next week. However, as you will read below, with the storm this week there is no event.
Background - last year I attempted the same ride after training on my own and having Covid. The morning of the ride it was 49F and raining - I had anticipated 85-90F and sun. I dropped out at 80 miles. My goal this year was to not let that happen again.
I was a little late to get started training this year (work/family), but started in late May. My plan was not working (am old “train for your first double century” I found online) so I shifted to TR around mid-July when I noted my approach was not making gains. As a huge fan of the podcast, I decided I had nothing to lose. I was also consuming a huge amount of the podcasts – most important being about carb intake and cramping. Finally, no cramps!!
Looking on the forums here I chose a build phase 2 MB and Specialty Century MV. I have diligently followed the plans - missing only a few days here and there.
Last Friday, Sept 23 (event minus 2 weeks), I caught an upper resp infection that knocked me down all of last week, and I was traveling at the same time. However, I managed two hotel bike rides for an hour and 1.5 hours respectively. Since I only had HR and no meaningful power I road them at 65-75% RPE. Then, the hurricane this week!! No training at all! I got power last night and am in a flooded area (Daytona Beach). The event for next Saturday (Oct 8) is canceled now. Thus, no 200-mile ride next Saturday.
HOWEVER - I am already registered for a Century on Oct 30 in Cocoa Beach, FL as I felt I would be well-trained after the 200 and it is a ride I have done before.
After this disruption I am looking for suggestions — I have 4 weeks until the Century. I have been training but lost a week (illness and storm). I can start again tomorrow. What should I do?
Start with another FTP test?
Or, just pick a plan — — if so what plan and where to start?