Just checking in as well (good thinking @JoeX)… I’ve got a few thoughts on swimming, so maybe still relevant
So I’ve just finished the Full MV Base plan, spread over 13 weeks with the extra week spent in Tenerife, where I did two ascents of Mt Teide (and two very cold descents), I would highly recommend this given the UK’s weather!
On Tuesday, I did the Ramp Test for the beginning of the MV Build phase and I increased my FTP from 251 to 279! I’m pretty stoked about this, I felt like I was improving, but didn’t think I would have quite that bump.
Quick note on the swimming part of the base plan. 4 weeks into the plan, I decided to fully commit to the run and swim parts of the TR plan. Before that, I was blending in parts of the Swim Smooth Ironman plan, as well as running a bit more than the TR plan prescribed. One thing I struggle with is putting the 3 disciplines together, so decided to go all in on TR’s plan. I’m still a big fan of Swim Smooth (I religiously use their drills), but I have to say, I really enjoyed swimming by RPE. If I’m honest, I was getting a bit bogged down with all the target numbers and tempo beeps.
Having said that, I still did a CSS test this week to see where I am at and I knocked 5 seconds off my CSS pace! Down to 1:47/100m. This is the single best improvement I’ve made since I started to swimming!
Bouyed by all this, I definitely haven’t speculatively entered the Patagonman lottery .
Right I’m about to do Gilbrator at my new FTP, things just got serious…