I completed SSB1-MV and increased my ftp by 25 watts - from a low base after 6 months off with repeated back problems and then a few weeks of ramp up before starting the program. I am in the middle of SSB2-MV and so far so good. I have been skipping the Wednesday “recovery ride” because it dosn’t help me recover. I did it in the second week of SSB1 and had to skip the Thursday ride as a result - felt i was going to overtrain. Perhaps it is because I am 50 this year, but I have always found that recovery for me is not doing anything, rather than a gentle ride.
My cycling days are Tuesday, Thursday and the longer rides on Saturday and Sunday - all trainerroad SSB2-MV.
I am going downhill skiing for four days, and travelling for work for two days before then. When I ski, I ski hard with lots of mogul fields, and by the end of the day my legs ache and I need recovery in the evening - I coudn’t cycle afterwards and then ski the next day. I have found in previous years that skiing has helped my cycling and made me stronger.
I leave on Wednesday evening.
My plan is this:
- do my usual Tuesday ride, and do the Thursday ride on Wednesday
- Travel Wednesday evening and work on the Thursday and Friday
- Ski hard from Saturday to Tuesday
- do the recovery ride (that I wouldn’t usually do) on the Thursday
- restart my program on the Saturday with the ride from the previous Saturday and carry on the program
Is that sensible? If I read the holiday plans then they don’t seem to take account of the fact that there are big similarities between skiing and cycling - or is that not right?
My objective is simply to get stronger for general rides next year and to help me lose a little weight, without getting injured by overdoing things. I like the rythmn of the regular rides and the forced rest weeks.
Any views much appreciated.