First time poster here. I’ve been using TR for a year or so now as an addition to the great riding I have where I live (Las Vegas) but a 6 month military deployment to the Middle East has given me time to dedicate a solid block of time to structured training. I’m just about to finish SSBMV2 and am feeling very strong having managed all the workouts in this block with no ‘failures’. I saw a nice FTP increase after SSBMV1 (276 to 289) and I feel like another nice bump is coming up when I next test after the recovery week. I just completed Leconte today fairly comfortably so am expecting something with a 3 in the front next time I test.
I’m due to go home in December and am looking for your collective advice on what to do next. I don’t race, but I’m a pretty competitive guy and love riding hard with my buddies and pipping them on climbs etc. Our usual ‘competitive climb’ is a Class 2 climb of 1300’ in 4.5 miles, it’s split into two sections with a small descent of about 0.5 miles in the middle. My target when I deployed was to be able to climb it in sub 20 mins, and I’m pretty sure looking at my numbers I’d be able to do that now, but I want to leave my mates in my wake!
So, what plan would you suggest I follow for the remaining 12 weeks of my time out here. By setting my ‘A Race’ to mid Dec, Plan builder gave me Sustained Power Build MV followed by Climbing Road Race MV which is currently plugged in to my calendar. But I’m wondering if I’d be better focusing on steady state power rather than explosive attacks as I tend to climb steady state rather than punching.
I’m just over 200lbs. I could probably lose about 5 lbs of ‘stored fuel’, but at that weight I’d be crazy lean. I can’t get too skinny so climbing is always going to be my achilles heel whilst I carry some upper body muscle.
Thanks for your time folks.