from late January this year I went through the medium volume plan (SSBMV1, SSBMV2, Build, Specialty - century), then added the Specialty - climbing road which ended by late September. During this time, I would do an occasional group ride.
I continued to follow the plan and started again with SSBMV1 (for some reason only 4 weeks instead of 6 the first time), and I am now in SSBMV2 week 4 (also only 4 weeks instead of 6 the first time). Next week, I’m starting the 8w Sustained Power Build, prior to going into the Climbing Road race specialty.
Since mid-September, I started running as well. Only 3-4 short runs per week. I also added some strength and core stability training for a couple of weeks (the exercises Chad recommends). I still have 2 rest days per week, or may do a short recovery run, so I think I’m getting sufficient rest. RHR and HRV are all trending well.
- there seems to be quite a TSS drop coming off Specialty back into base, which seems to be negatively impacting my overall fitness level as per the above curve, but also Garmin and other trackers are indicating a decline in my overall fitness level. I assume this is expected?
- the sessions feel sort of ‘easy’, especially thinking back to the first time I did them. Occasionally, I have been increasing the intensity somewhat, and/or adding some extra time/TSS. I swapped out the planned 2h Juneau-1 last week by Pendleton, of which I did 2h. I’m hoping this is a sign that I’m getting ready for another FTP increase (which has been sort of stalling over the last few blocks). Am I messing up the plan by increasing intensity and/or adding extra TSS by feel?
- also looking forward to the plan, I’m getting the feeling that the overall planned TSS seems somewhat ‘low’ or lower than during my last cycle. If so, any thoughts on how this will positively or negatively impact my performance?
Anyway, I’m still sort of new, so I’m trying to sort of have realistic expectations of the next training block results.
Does anyone have any fitness evolution charts to share covering multiple base/build/specialty training blocks so I have sort of an idea?