March 1 was my first day back on the bike in over a month. After a solid March (43 sessions) and a nice bump from my 3/2-3/28 4DP tests, I wanted to increase time on the bike and address some weakness revealed by the 4DP, and increase the weight loss.
I decided to “Stack” the 4 Week “Speed Demon” plan with the 4 Week “FTP Building Block” plan. So far it’s going really well. Today I knocked out The Omnium for the first time and immediately jumped into the 5 x 8 min FTP Progression. During the 5 intervals my HR stayed mainly Zone 2 first 2 mins then low-mid Zone 3 for the next 6 mins. Only on the last FTP interval, did it top out at 161(high Z3 low Z4 - my LTHR is 171). The fitness gains the last 3 weeks, (since my 3/28 4DP), have me thinking a new 4DP test is in order. But I will likely wait until the full 4 weeks are up at the end of the month.
Coaches: I’m happy w/ my progress, but wanted some coaches to weigh in w/ideas on the best pairing of training plans if one is trying to stack plans to achieve “time on the bike” goals. Is it attack “strength+weaknesses” or should it be “strength+base” or “weakness+base”?
Fellow Sufferlandrians… anyone else stacking training plans?
Cheers to more glorious suffering!