I’ve just signed up for Sufferfest.
I’m racing cyclocross this winter, and the way the calendar works out I’ve got a couple of pretty big gaps early in the season (first race was last Sunday, but I don’t have another until 17th October, then nothing until 14th November at which point I’ve got something most weekends except Xmas and New Year until season ends at the end of Jan).
Once I hit 14th November, I think it’s going to be just hanging on to form for dear life, and enjoying the Christmas break, but I feel as though I could make good use of the big gaps early season (having done nothing structured leading up to it).
My 4DP (270/311/424/1129) has MAP as my weakness, so I figured I might do a MAP specific 4 week block prior to the next race.
The problem I have with the training plan is that there doesn’t seem to be any flexibility (e.g. if I can’t ride certain days, doesn’t seem to be a way to factor that in). Equally, I don’t want to ride indoors the whole time, and I have things like bike commutes to build in also.
I am thinking of taking the key MAP sessions from the block and dropping them into the week as I can fit them in, using my commutes as easier rides (taking place of the various ones that involve watching vids, e.g. dogs life), and I also want to keep a longer ride in outdoors at the weekend, which I guess I would need to swap out for one of the intense sessions.
By the time I’ve done all that, the plan is unrecognisable! Also, I can’t find any way to modify this in the calendar either.
Does any of the above make any sense? Given how much I’m picking it apart, have I lost all benefit of the plan in the first place?
The alternative is just picking off a couple of MAP focused sessions a week, and doing a basic ramp up for 3 weeks followed by a lower intensity week ahead of the next race (then similar again, perhaps with a bit of AC/NM thrown in for good measure)
Appreciate any input/ insights you might offer.