Looking for some advice. from the details provided in 2021 Tour of Sufferlandria – The Sufferfest it details the 4 ways to ride the tour.
From this option 3 (Focussed option) sounds best for my situation (mid plan, dont want to destroy myself too much!). The text states:
#### 3. THE FOCUSED OPTION
Take this option if: You want to ride a good Tour, but don’t want it to compromise your goals a little further down the road. Like any pro cyclist, you have goals that might not line up with the race you’re about to do. You need to ride the event out of a patriotic loyalty, but want to do so in a way that doesn’t destroy you for other goals down the road or derail you from your current training plan too much. If that’s the case, then take this option. The Focused Option has you identify the stages that suit your strengths (as determined by your 4DP profile) and ride them at 85-90% intensity, with all other stages done at 70-80% to keep you on track post-Tour.
My strength is time trial so my plan was to ride the the endurance stages at 85-90% and all others at 70-80%.
Last week I went into the SUF software, added the TOS stages to my calendar (training plans>TOS>TOS stages). But when I load the workouts and view the intensities it defaults to they are not in the ranges as describe in the text above.
Eg Stage 1a:
Joyride (speed) - I was expecting this to be in the 70-80% range, and when I load it (look at coaches notes) it appears to be at 100% intensity.?
Stage 1b: My speciality?
Cobbler (endurance) - I figured this would be in the 85-90% range. after reading the text on the webpage above. In the coaches notes and looking at the intensity its dialled it back only in the NM/AC/MAP/FTP zones to 100/100/100/93
Stage 2 :
Nine Hammers (Speed) - not my speciality.
Again I was expecting to see this in the 70-80% range, It comes in for NM/AC/MAP/FTP zones to 100/100/95/90
In some of the other stages, it appears to have not dialled down the intensity whatsoever? - eg GOAT, The Cure & Attacker
I’m really confused! Should I follow what’s been allocated in my calendar (no adjustment on some and individual changes to some of the 4DP zones which are above the advice provided in the web page from Sir Neal) or should I apply the advice and for all of my speciality rides (endurance) dial back all zones to at 85-90% and take all other stages at at 70-80% for all zones.
I’m really concerned as even on day one I could really get in a hole with 1a being too intense, leading to a really difficult 1b, then into a real hole before taking on stage 2.
I want it to be hard, but I dont want TOS to distract or set me back from my previously planned workouts. My A race is in June and I want to stay measured and balanced in my training approach.