TL/DR What is the best way to peak for high priority road races that are four months apart?
As a bit of background, the Texas racing season has road races in early spring and late summer, with mostly crits in between. With the big spring road race now permanently moved to April (from February), I would like to peak for that race, do crits and fast group rides in the summer, then be ready for a couple of road races in late August and mid-September.
What I found this year was that 18 weeks of SS → Intervals for Road Racing → 2x Road Race In Season (back-to-back) worked really well for the crits and shorter yet hard group rides. The drop in volume combined with higher intensity kept me sharp, but when I tried to do longer rides later in the summer as road race prep, I hit the wall hard.
For 2022, should I plan for a mid-season mini break with a repeat of Six Weeks of SS (#2 or 3) to increase volume/CTL before getting back to race interval work and prep for the road races? Or replace my midweek 1.5 hour hard group ride with longer (hard) group ride on the weekends? Some combination of both?
P.S. I realize the answer is for me to just hire a FasCat coach, but I would like to continue to chain together the plans that I have!