This may be similar to other posts, but cannot quite find the right answer, plus a couple of additional questions. This post could also be called “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”
Just completed my first 12 week All Purpose Road indoor+outdoor and did the Advanced (probably foolishly). However, managed 95% adherence rate, although the 3rd week of each block I found really hard. (I suppose you should). Managed FTP +15.5% MAP +18.9% AC + 15.8% NM +11.9% and really really pleased with the gains.
So, if it worked, why not just do another 12 week road??? Any reasons why not?
I figure, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I presume Sufferfest just adjusts to the new 4DP profile and off you go. I would assume that using the same plan is fine until I stop making gains?
Background info, I’m 52 and I’m getting fit again. I did quite a lot last summer and into winter and completed the Rapha 500 before a rest week and taper week before my very first 4DP and 12 week all road. So, I was not unfit to start with so pleased with the gains.
I have read that over 50s should probably do the intermediate with 2 weeks hard, 1 week recovery and whilst I did find the advanced very hard especially in the third week, I did manage to complete almost all sessions. So I presume I should just continue with the advanced?
I am short on time, coming into a busy couple of months work wise, but know I can keep to the schedule. I like having a plan and schedule to follow and try to follow it religiously.
On last thing, with the weather getting nicer (at times - I live in Belgium after all, I presume substituting the odd session with smashing it on the road would be fine.
Working myself up to long term (post Covid - hopefully next year) dabbling in some Vets racing if I can find some and trying to keep up with a strong and growing 13 year old who gives me a hard time on the hills.
Your collective thoughts greatly appreciated.