Hi, I would really appreciate a bit of advice on plan timing, and specifically whether to try and fit weights into my 2021 ATP now that it’s getting a bit late. For background/context:
No planned racing/events next year until late June (La Marmotte, target top 30). I may do some UK racing before then, but these will be C races that I can do without adjusting my training.
Experienced rider, 36M, 58kg, never done pre-season weights properly and looking to include them this year to increase power even if I put on some muscle weight. FTP currently about 285, peak 300 at 57kg race weight.
CTL never been above 85, probably because I’ve always got by with intensity over volume. Too much VO2 max work. Taking a different approach this year. Currently at CTL 75 and hoping to push this much higher by May/June before adding specificity.
Going to Spain for 2.5 weeks over Christmas. I have a bike there and will ride as much as possible (15-20hr weeks) to give the base a big boost. No gym access.
Other targets next summer will include a multi-day stage race, a couple of gran fondos, some domestic road racing and then a real focus on the national hill climb champs at the end of October - a very specific, 5 minute effort.
I bought the Resistance Training + Sweet Spot Advanced (16 wk) plan in late October and started immediately. I had done 3 or 4 adaptation sessions before UK gyms shut due to Covid. I don’t have any weights at home, so I started following the main sweet spot part of the plan and am enjoying it and responding well.
Gyms re-open on 2 December, and I’m not sure what to do. Part of me wants to start the weights ASAP but I won’t have access to a gym/weights between 20 December and 4 January (when I will be riding big hours in Spain). Am I best to start the weights now, complete the adaptation phase and then pause the weights over Christmas before re-commencing in the new year, perhaps repeating one week of adaptation before jumping into hypertrophy phase? Or should I just wait until the new year before starting the weights plan from Day 1, and in the mean time keep sweet spotting and build my CTL as much as possible with the time in Spain?