A bit of background first. I am 56 years of age with quite a lot of cycling background. I road and crit raced until about 2 years ago.
I now race triathlon. I started with sprints then did a half IM last year in a time of 5 hours and 6 (4th in age category) with 2 hours 31 for the bike leg.
This year I was going to focus on Olympic distance, but obviously Covid killed those plans so no racing this year. I therefore have lots of time to improve my cycling.
Next season will be a mix of triathlon Olympic distance and some sportives abroad-either Marmotte again or maybe the Maratona assuming I can get a place. I may also do another half IM but have no interest in full distance.
I did sweet spot base low volume over the winter, supplemented by some outside rides.
I then did Olympic build low volume, again supplemented by outside rides.
Then Covid hit so I spent around 6 weeks basically doing maintenance work with a weekly Vo2 session.
I am now in week 2 of Sustained power low volume build as that is where I feel I need to work to improve. I also do a weekly outside VO2 session of 5x4 minutes at around 122% of FTP, and also some easy endurance outside rides.
I started my base period with an FTP of 235. I am now at 256.
My 5 minute power is relatively decent at 313 watts.
I know my sprint power is rubbish, but for the type of racing I will be doing it’s not important, so is not a focus.
I am currently 77kg. If I was racing I would get my weight down to 74 or 75 kg relatively easily.
I would like to get my ftp to around 280 or thereabouts. Is that achievable?
My main question is what should I do once I finish my block of sustained power. Should I repeat it, do another round of sweetspot 2 base, or something else?
I am not used to having so much time to prepare for a new season.
Some help with what to do next would be of great assistance.