Anybody make the move from SSB Mid II to SSB HV I? How was it?

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#1

Just looking at the TR posted TSS for each week in these two base programs. It’s a 30% to 35% jump which seems like a lot.

For those who have made that jump…how was it?


#2

Did you mean SSB 2-mid vs SSB 1-high? Or comparing mid vs high of SSB 1?


#3

2-mid vs 1-high.


#4

I’ve completed both SSB-1 mid and high, and really liked both. Started SSB-1 HV in Dec 2017 after a back injury, got a 4% bump in ftp but more importantly I was really strong on a 2.5 hour outside climb at end of week 5. Wrapped up SSB-1 Mid a month ago, and saw a 6% bump. Both times I ended SSB-1 with an ftp of ~250, and I prefer mid volume because of flexibility and time commit.

The higher TSS load of SSB-1 HV wasn’t an issue for me, although I’ve got a diesel engine and like working on muscle endurance. Sweet spot work is a good fit for me.

Are thinking for finishing SSB-2 mid and then going back SSB-1 HV? Or just comparing? SSB-2 mid has VO2max and threshold work, its very different from the massive sweet spot work of SSB-1 HV.

I’ve been thinking of repeating SSB-2 several times, or repeating “SSB-2 and Build” to raise ftp as per the podcast.


#5

Not quite what you are asking but I jumped from SS Mid 2 to Sustained Power Build High earlier this year which looks like it had a similar jump in TSS.

I found it fine - I was running as well as doing SS Mid Vol 2 until I got an injury which I couldn’t run on but was OK riding so I rode every day for 8 weeks. I guess the disclaimer might be that I could have been replacing one type of stress with another rather than adding overall training stress but in terms of bike riding it was OK - looking back I hit all the workout targets over the plan anyway.