Around mid october 2017 I had some minor surgery that had me off the bike for the 6 weeks. Around the same time I moved house. So in reality my first day back training was new years eve. In effect 3 months off the bike. That’s why you see the massive drop. In theory I started SSB LV at that point but in reality I mostly subbed in (hard) group rides. From end of March our club drop ride kicked off and I was doing that 2x per week plus club Saturday ride (and something on Sunday if I still had legs left) until the end of summer. In effect I didn’t really do a base block for the 2018 season… I just went straight into having my legs ripped off.
This year I’ve actually managed to complete base with a good level of compliance (probably near 100% apart from the Disaster week). It was below what I had hoped to do (LV instead of MV) as new baby and work stress combined to make life a bit harder than expected.
I’ve just completed a mini-VO2 block over the last month and I suspect I have a decent shot of getting through most of the first 4 weeks of general build before my compliance goes to crap with added outdoor rides. Also race season starts March 1st so might be subbing in some races for the Saturday ride from that point on.
To answer you point more specifically… I’m usually of the view that gradual changes are sustainable changes and have always found my fitness gains to be hard won. I know there’s more low hanging fruit in terms of diet, weight, and body composition however I’m just a guy riding a bike with no real outlook towards being up at the pointy end of anything prestigious so am reluctant to let it take over my life further.
In an ideal world having even more time to work on that aerobic engine would be great… but it’s not going to happen this year and frankly the mental break from base work is very necessary for me.
Bah… that’s a bit stream of consciousness and I probably need a lot more time and space to get it coherent and structured… but hopefully I’ve given you some idea of my thinking.