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I did SSB mid-volume 1 and 2 in October
Then I think sustained power build
Then rolling road specialty
My FTP didn’t increase massively but time at threshold has and I spent nearly 20% of my time at VO2 max and above.
I then took time off structured training and I’m mostly following it now again preparing for Poland but getting some big rides/races in which suits me better.
I was pretty religious at sticking to SSB but then mental boredom set in and life started getting in the way but I gave me a good base over the winter to build on and that is evident now, I’m still getting stronger.
Are you aiming to qualify for Whistler in 2020 or just have a good ride?
It doesn’t look like there is a race group next year which means a bigger bunch starting in the Gran Fondo.
Bunch riding skills are crucial! A lot of riders do not have those skills.
Watching 3 riders collide right in front of me in a bunch at 50kph wasn’t fun, less so for them I’m sure. There were some nasty crashes - stick to the front of the bunch.
Its fast from the gun till the end, there are lots of turns into narrow roads that punish you if you are too far back, the bunch attacks every little climb and the wind blew like hell this year.
As an event I found it really dull, nothing to do when you finish the ride so everyone just leaves.