Happy New Year! As I lean into 2021, I have my eyes set on successfully completing the Michigan Coast to Coast Gravel Grinder on June 26th.
-I completed a similar event, DK in 2019.
-My current FTP is higher than when I completed DK.
-I currently average 8-13h/week of training (last 45 days after completing Loudoun 1725 80 miler on 10/25 and then having a layoff).
-I just started squatting, deadlifting 1-2x/week.-I can complete push ups using push up stands in the following sequence with a 30 sec. RBI: 30, 15, 15.
I have had recent success (e.g., higher threshold, lower HR, less drift) following a Polarized Plan that includes 2-3 endurance sessions (.7-.75 IF) for 2.5 - 3.25h/week. [The recent gains are also impacted by having more consistency this year.]
I have also been completing 2 interval sessions (e.g., 4x8 min) per week.
SST worked for DK (60 min [2 30m intervals] , and 100 min [2 30m and 1 40m interval], but eventually left me smashed the last 2-3 weeks due to a lack of recovery time. Recovery time was negatively impacted by work and life in 2019. This should be less of an issue in 2021.
My thought at this point would be to follow the polarization another two blocks (e.g., January - February) and then flip to SST for Mar-May, which creates about ~2 week taper assuming the last block bleeds into June. I’m basing this on my polarization research and the thought of adding more race specific training as I approach the event.
Please advise an approach.
Thanks in advance.