I am hoping (Covid permitting) to ride in a 150 mile flat gravel race in March (but the gravel where I train is hilly) and possibly one other big event in May or June. I’ve built up a little base the past month and a half currently sitting at 49 CTL after being off during the summer for family/work obligations.
This morning I decided to modify my current Basic 18 week SS and Gravel Plans I used previously to have it align with the race date. While that part was not an issue, I noticed that my CTL would barely increase over the 20 weeks. Last go round I did start pretty much at 0 CTL, and under more time constraints, so it served me well.
However, with more time to devote to training I would like to take things up another level and crush my previous poor time. So, I’m looking for a realistic plan improve my core/overall strength, bring down my weight and increase fitness on the bike based on my current attributes and abilities. Note: I currently have a dietitian via work who will put together menus based on my training plan. I understand I won’t set the world on fire, but I’d love to go into the event confident and focused, instead of just hoping to finish.
So I ask, what plan would you recommend for a Freddish schulb with 20 weeks until his ride?
The ugly details
Age: 49 (will be 50 on race day)