I’ve set a couple of goals / challenges for myself for next year.
- 100/1000 challenge: do a solo ride of 100km and 1000 metres of climbing in the shortest possible time. Start and end point have to be on the same altitude.
- Climbing hour: climb as many metres of vertical ascent as possible in one hour. Only the climbing time is counted, not the descent. Apart from the descent, there should be no additional break between the ascents, and you need to use the same climb to accumulate the vertical ascent.
- 1km challenge: ride one km as fast as you can from a standing start. The route must not have any descents. In order to rule out tailwind influence, you need to do ride the route in reverse direction within 30min of the first attempt . The time for both attempts will then be averaged.
- 20km individual time trial: on a course with laps no longer than 7km do the smallest number of laps that add up to more than 20km.
- Local KOM ride: look for a Strava segment in your area and set a new PR. You should try to go for the KOM. The segment must be on a climb with an average gradient of at least 4%, it must be at least 400m long and you need to have ridden the segment at least 20 times before in the past.
- A day in the alps: do a single ride with 4000 metres of climbing.
- Long group ride: ride at least 150km with three other people.
As they require some rather different capabilities, I wonder which plan to choose. I am currently doing Sweet Spot Base Low Volume II but have stretched the plan so that I only do two TR workouts per week. I tried doing three TR workouts per week but this burns me out if done over a longer period of time (more mentally than physically, I guess).
Ideally, my week looks like this:
Monday - off / yoga
Tuesday - TR workout
Wednesday - easy ride + suspension trainer strength training (gyms are closed)
Thursday - TR workout
Friday - easy ride + suspension trainer strength training
Saturday - long ride (Z2) or climbing a long virtual climb (Z3/4)
Sunday - long ride (Z2, fartlek with some climbs based on how I feel)
Every fourth week is a rest and recovery week without structured training for me. I usually do a ramp test then but might switch to a 20min time trial in order to train for challenge #4 (20km ITT) while testing. Otherwise, I just listen to my legs and take it easy. I will probably alternate the longer “climbs” with some 1km efforts on Saturdays.
At the moment, I plan on doing Sustained Power Build after the Base phase (can’t argue with sustained power :-D) but what should I do then?
I should mention that I live in a rather flat area and I guess that even the 4.000 metres of climbing would probably take place on a shortish climb (200m of elevation gain maybe?). I also think that I might do this on a MTB rather than a road bike.
Thank you for your ideas!