Currently using the 18wk SS Intermediate plan.
Recently I haven’t been working so I have more time than I anticipated when picking a plan. I have maintained the SS workouts but have been riding more, mostly more trail or gravel. My plan is to augment the training plan with additional rides, specifically by mountain biking or gravel riding more. Also, to increase Z2 work as part of the 18wk SS plan. Then take it down for regen weeks.
Previous years I get to about 14 hours a week working out. Is there any advantage I could take, given my now ample time, which makes sense for a 53 yo with ~10 years experience ? My race is usually MTB, either marathon or XC.