I just started out on TrainerRoad and the variety and options are both awesome but also quite difficult to work out the best combo of plans. So I wondered if you guys could help!
As a bit of context, this year I completed a 9 day mini grand tour in June taking in about 700 miles and 75,000ft in climbing (It wasn’t a race more A to B touring on the road). My training in the lead up to this was not particularly structured but started in Jan 18 addressing the key principals of working on an aerobic base doing longer rides at weekends and then then more sharp hour sessions on local steep climbs during the week, from March to June my average TSS based on my outdoor rides averaged 425. Although this turned out fine and got me up the mountains, I was at the back of the group about 15/20mins behind my fellow riders on the bigger 2/3 hour climbs so not a million miles away. On the flats I kept up fine but as soon as the gradient increased I just saw myself dropping off the back slowly, wary not to kill myself to keep up and then blowing up halfway up a mountain. Post tour I have sustained some fitness although naturally it has dropped off, I see this time of year as a good opportunity to use the turbo as a platform as light hours are limited (I live in the UK)
We have another tour planned next year probably with similar stats and at a similar time of the year. So my ultimate goal is with a more structured plan I can bridge the gap or at least improve on the sustained power for those longer climbs. A secondary goal is that I plan to start some more Olympic triathlon races in April 2019 but I’m hoping that the training for the tour should cover the cycling base of the tri.
I’m in week 4 into a Build Phase mid-volume sustained power plan and it is going well, I’m swapping out at least one weekend session for a long 3/4hour ride outdoors which help keeps the sanity! My aerobic base I think is pretty good but I was wondering what plan I should be looking at next? Should I maybe consider the Sweet Spot Min volume I & II? Or what would be recommended for the first 6 months of 2019 after my current plan? I am currently training in the mornings before work as time during the week is limited. Any advice would be great, sorry for the long post!