My basic question is, how long should I give a change from dedicated XCO to dedicated XCM in a training plan to reap the rewards?
in 2017 and 2018 I focused on XCO, but this year I moved - since November 18 - to be dedicated to Marathons. This is because I’m not a powerful rider with a low FTP and err toward endurance. I did enter Marathons in 2018, and in 2019 I’ve felt - unmeasurable - changes in my muscular endurance and sustained power, although not my FTP. I’m top 25% in the Vets results - just -but not troubling the podium.
I’m wondering, whether to revert to XCO, or give Marathon training & races more of a chance to develop?