Thanks, you get it too, this takes work. There are not many people posting or racing with a total void in endurance sports earlier in life. Thanks for the advice on SSB this time of year, this is what I’m feeling as well and didn’t realize it. I think base/volume is what I need right now.
What training programs do you like from January through August, because I plan to start my CX related, VO2Max training the last week of August as that worked well for me this year. There is one, extremely hard Wednesday ride here that I have never finished which I believe doing once per week will provide “VO2Max maintenance” throughout the year.
One place where I’m stronger than the roadies this year is after a mud pit, sand pit, staircase, or something like that I can stand-up and hammer where most are blown-up. What I lack more than anything right now is steady-state pace. I approach the courses with corner speed as the top priority at all times, where it’s hard I make it harder, but my start and mid-race steady state power is definitely not high enough to see me through the end at a competitive pace. This tells me that I need to spend some time on FTP, prior to hitting VO2Max intervals in August next year, finish those in November, and then maybe SSB until January.