End of Season goals:
Don’t gain any weight leading up to serious base phase of my offseason - Currently on target, last weigh in
Maintain end of season power up to start of base phase - Appear to at least be able to meet previous fitness test, will know for sure next week. I did SSBI low volume almost immediately after my season ended. The first few weeks aren’t too hard and I had a week off for vacation thrown in there too. The last two weeks get up to some real work so I think I’m ready to hit this winter’s base period very close to my season best from this past year.
B/B/S Plans - I plan on doing 3 base blocks back to back. Since my build and specialty plans are so AC focused I’ve been having good progress focusing on sweet spot/aerobic fitness during the winter and where most of my FTP gains have come from. Plan on maintaining swim and run TSS right where it is until the 3rd base period and then start doing the interval sessions as prescribed in the OLY tri plan. I would like to get down 3 lbs, so if I can just inch my way down 1 lb per block that would be perfect.
Do short power build, and oly mtb specialty. Try to keep from going too hard on the weekends so I can get some more consistent work in during the week and don’t skip some of those interval sessions for a recovery ride. Finish specialty plan 1 month earlier than previously, to do 3 xterras roughly 1 month apart. Plan on trying to put in a c race or two during the specialty phase to get some swim to bike work.
Hoping that this consistent bike work will put me in the 4.5 W/kg range, think that is realistic since I am sitting at just below 4.1 right now.
Race goals: Usual goal of top 10 overall, and top 3 in AG at local level xterras. I don’t want to lose any places after the swim, and race to my potential on the bike (lots of mental errors I made the past two years).
Depending on how family planning goes, this is all subject to change… as it could quickly get scrapped and turn in to maintenance mode, but I will still try to get as fit as possible prior to taking it easy for a when other responsibilities become the priority. Might try to race at xterra national(pan am) championships in Ogden if I am free, last chance to take a free room/board and have not done it yet.