Currently taking a rest from the bike, this being my 2nd season of cycling I completed my first structured plan, 18 Weeks Sweet Spot last winter which I completed at the end of June and had fantastic results, couldn’t have been happier. I joined a local club and was one of the strongest riders in the group. YTD I’ve ridden 9193 miles (14 796kms); Saturday and Sunday were long club rides, while Tuesday & Thursday nights were 50kms smash-fests and took every Monday & Friday as rest days. The last few week night group rides in early-mid October I went pretty deep on one of them then the next ride I just couldn’t deliver any power much above my tempo zone, similar results a week or so later with no power. I took this as a sign so I’ve been laying low and haven’t ridden much in the past 2.5 weeks, if I did it was nothing over endurance. I plan on taking till the beginning of December off.
This brings me to a couple of questions I have as I enjoy structured training and thinking about adding in some weights this season before getting back on the bike.
Is 1 month or so long enough before starting weight training or should I wait till the New Year? I"m thinking about doing the 10 Weeks Weight training plan then into the 18 Weeks Sweet Spot I did last season. In hindsight I wish I had started earlier as I would’ve liked to have completed it earlier but had to wait for my power meter - ideally I"d like to be done end of May to join the group in June but if it makes sense to rest till the new year I can do that.
Is there another shorter weight training plan I should consider perhaps I missed - I did see the 6 Week Home session but I don’t have any of the equipment so going to the rec centre since it’s just down the street seems easier.
In the 10 weeks weight training plan how long are the gym sessions, I ask as I have to go to the local community rec centre however given COVID restrictions only allowed to book 1 hr at a time with restricted capacity (Ontario, Canada) but I can book several sessions in advance.
My CTL when I completed 18 Week Sweet Spot at the end of June was 98 with a slight dip down to 89 around the end of July. Season high was 114 September 10th and been on a steady decline since then and I"m sitting at 68 as of this morning.
Looking forward to any input/suggestions.