Having been in the Nation for 2 years now, I’ve learned quite a bit about my body and understand my strengths and weaknesses pretty well. One thing I’ve struggled with is increasing my VO2 max, which as I understand it is the “ceiling” that allows all of my other power metrics to increase.
It’s not for lack of training or lack of trying! I’ve been dedicated both to SUF workouts/training plans and have been competing in IRL events (criterium, road, TT, gravel).
I know one of the benefits of SUF is that it works well for “time crunched” athletes who don’t have 15 or 20 hours/week to be on the bike doing “long steady distance” (LSD). Rather, you work at higher, more targeted intensities for 6-12 hours/week and your fitness improves remarkably. Until it doesn’t (i.e. you “plateau”)–which is where I feel I’m at.
The article I’ve linked below explains the “why” of LSD and how it impacts VO2 max. It’s making me rethink my training approach for the next year (i.e. LSD during the winter and adding SUF plans as I come into the spring/summer racing season).
Interested to hear other’s thoughts–especially folks who have been on SUF a while and are competing IRL.
Thanks in advance for your insights!