I recently put together a blog post on how I’m training for the upcoming spring US professional stage races while living in the never-ending wintry purgatory that is Chicago, all while working full-time as a technology consultant:
While this was partly a shameless plug for our team’s new website, I also wanted to post this because it seems like there are always lots of questions like
Can I race when I’m only through SSB?
Can you be successful in longer events only doing 2 hr trainer rides?
As has been mentioned on the podcast, I’ve found that SSB is a great preparation for racing, even if the longest rides you’re doing are those 2 hour SS workouts. While I go into some detail in the post above, some more specific TR details about my training are:
I’ll have completed SSB High Volume 1 and 2 by the week Redlands kicks off in 5 weeks; the race will be the first week of “build.” I do alter the plans to split it into three four-week blocks because I’ve found I’m usually fried by the end of week 3. Currently, I’m in the last week of the 2nd block (just kicked off week 1 of SSB 2)
I do some alterations to the plans - mainly on weekends by adding on 1-3 hours of zone 2 riding after the 2 hour sweet spot rides. Also in the third block, I’ll be swapping out some of the sweet spot rides in high volume on Tuesday/Saturday for the VO2 max and over/unders in the mid/low-volume plans to get ready for those pro-level race efforts
My weekly TSS varies, but generally starts around 700 and builds to 900 over a single block. Training camps (over the holidays, upcoming team camp) will see TSS numbers around 1000-1100
I mentioned it in the post, but I’ve had success with a similar approach last year, in the build up for the Joe Martin UCI Stage Race so I’m hoping that things work out similar this year! Let me know if you have any thoughts, questions, or if you’re also prepping for some big races while being stuck in this Polar Vortex up North!