I just raced the San Dimas Stage Race this past weekend (an “A” race for me) after following mid-volume SS base II and mid-volume general build. During the week, I typically did shorter versions of the prescribed workouts (45 min – 1 hr twice between Monday-Thursday) and then on the weekend I did as much extra outdoor riding as I was able to – sometimes following the planned workouts closely, other times doing more aerobic riding or jumping in a group ride.
My next goal race is the Belgian Waffle Ride, which is now just over a month away. I’m not sure exactly which way to take my training over the next few weeks. My biggest gains will probably come from getting on the dirt more and nailing down a solid nutrition plan, but I still need to fill my week with something on the trainer. I’m considering going back to SS Base II, since I think sweet spot and threshold are probably the most specific to BWR. However, I’m also considering doing a specialty plan like Climbing Road Race or even 40k TT.
I should add that my goal isn’t just to finish, but to try to stay near the front of the race for as long as possible (yes, I know I will likely blow up spectacularly, but in my mind, that’s how to get the most of my $180 race entry). Any thoughts?