Does anyone have any insight, reasoning, or experience behind deciding between a 2 week on 1 week off approach vs a 3 week on 1 week off approach to your training blocks? I know some TR blocks are even 5 on 1 off. I’ve seen the 2/1 option in the TrainingPeaks ATP builder but haven’t tried it.
My reason for asking is that a few times this year at the end of my 3/1 blocks I’m getting sick by the end. Today is the last day of my current block, and I can literally feel it. I couldn’t hit my TSS, I have a sore throat, etc. These have been after multiple blocks back to back FYI. But I’m wondering if maybe for myself personally it would be better to do two harder weeks, then rest again? I’m worried obviously that without as much accumulated fatigue I won’t get as fit in the long run, but getting sick isn’t going to work either.
Also FYI I’m lucky to have a very simplified lifestyle compared to many people, I put a lot of care into my diet, sleep schedule, etc so I feel it’s not that, it’s the workload. Riding only indoors (like this current block) I’m usually in a 550-600-650 TSS type progression.
Anyway, any input or experience to block scheduling I’m interested to hear.