After being off the bike on two backpack trips for about 6 weeks,I started TR on Oct 25 with a ramp test which yielded 223W. I did SSB1 LV but did a ride every other day (3.5 rides/wk) instead of three a week so I got to the recovery week four weeks later. I did one recovery ride and then started SSB2 LV with a ramp test at 262W on Nov 20. Needless to say I was thrilled. Today I did Palisade again (it is the only workout that has repeated) and was 15W (NP) stronger at 1bpm lower than on Nov. 20 (3 weeks). I think my FTP is about 275 now.
In light of the rapid progress, I am wondering if I might be better off repeating SSB2 LV instead of moving to a Build plan. I seem to be progressing rapidly and wonder if I could/should wring more out of Base before moving to build. My main goal is just to move up the Strava leaderboard on the local Big Hill.
You can choose a “I don’t have events” option that looks to work on overall fitness, with a focus that you dictated in the options. This is suggested rather than a simple repeat of the SSBLV2, for the main reason that doing the same work over and over will potentially lead to a plateau.
Repeating Base is a good idea, but I would do 1-2-1-2 pattern at least. And the old recommendation was to do Base, Build and repeat that pattern (with both SSB1 & 2).
The new recommendations captured in the Plan Builder are a bit different, but well worth your time to use and review.