For the past three years I’ve been, um, “enjoying” The Sufferfest and the great results I get from it. My favorite type of races are the long, hilly ones, and so I’m naturally gravitating towards doing more volume. I know Suf’s specialty is HIIT work for time-crunched cyclists. But I actually do have the time to fit in 15 hours a week of training, and my CTL fitness is often up over 80. So, in order for me to not end up with my CTL/ATL form up at some silly number like 35 (and my CTL fitness dropping off a cliff) I’m finding myself doctoring my training plan to add volume. But it’s a guessing game. When I see Nine Hammers on the horizon , I’m never quite sure how much endurance riding I can get away with in the week before. When I was doing a lower volume of training and my CTL wasn’t as high, I loved the way Suf dosed out exactly the amount of punishment I could tolerate without burning out. I would love to have that same assurance while doing a higher volume of training. These days, with my CTL at a higher level, I feel like I’m spending too much time waiting around on fresh legs for my next hard-hitting session.
So, if you’re considering adding a “beyond-advanced” level to your fitness plans that calls for 12-15 hours on the bike per week, I would like to cast a vote in favor of that.