Bottom line up front:
Better/best for 45 y/o guy to build base via LSD or TCTP / Sweet Spot training?
I’ve been riding and intermittently racing MTB 100s and CX for the last decade or so. Typically I yo-yo 15-20lbs across the year, but mostly by design: I enjoy fighting into form each spring and then letting it go in the Fall which seems better for me and family mentally I think.
So this year, and likely at least next year, I have the ability to do a lot of LSD riding and on both road and MTB, and that sounds pretty great right now. It seems though, most training plans here and elsewhere are tailored toward ‘more bang for you buck’ advertising increasing performance in the shortest amount of ride-time possible. But I’m curious, especially after starting Zinn’s Haywire Heart book, if working with a more traditional LSD build period and then shorter sharpening phase might be a better/safer long-term approach to getting myself into some form each year now that i’m well into my 40’s. I’ve got no health/heart concerns, but I do wonder a little bit that even if the time-crunched approach works as well (or better) than the old LSD base building approach, it’s not without it’s drawbacks as athletes age. And, TBH, I feel like I’ve got plenty of rules/restrictions in my life as it is these days without having to worry about time in narrow zones on the trail.
I suppose staying at or closer to fighting weight all year would be easier on my body than going back and forth which is also something I need to rethink.
Looking to race the '21 Breck Epic and some smaller races in ID next year, and knock-on-wood, I have the ability (and desire) do 12-15hr weeks in the foreseeable future.
Appreciate any thoughts the group has for me.