Hello everyone - apologies for the long post.
I’m new to The Sufferfest but not structured training - I’d like a bit of input to validate my thoughts so far.
First, a bit of background. I’m 48, male, in the UK. From Nov 2018 to May 2019 I did a whole bunch of trainerroad plans, following their base/build/specialty progression - then has an “uncontrolled dismount” on a sportive at the beginning of June when I broke a toe. At this point my (trainerroad) FTP was about 290W.
I rode the Etape du Tour in July last year (my ‘A’ event) but a combination of a late start time, excessive heat and the not-quite-healed toe forced me to abandon at Moutiers as I had missed the cutoff to start the final climb.
Since then I’ve been completely demotivated, hardly ridden a bike (let alone done any training) and gained loads of weight.
I did a ride a couple of weeks ago with a friend and his clubmates and managed just over 100km - I noticed a couple of things on that ride:
- I have lost a ton of power
- I am mentally weak at the moment
Strangely, I have found that ride to be quite motivating in terms of restarting training.
I have a goal event of next year’s Etape du Tour (possibly on the Nice-Nice route which didn’t run this year). I’m happy to give The Sufferfest a good crack of the whip, because I believe that the integration of yoga, mental training and strength training with the turbo sessions will be very beneficial to my all-round cycling.
I did Half Monty a couple of days ago which gave me an FTP of 191 (ie about 100 W down from my peak last year) and MAP 241. I am essentially “untrained” at this point I think.
I’ve tried to understand the Sufferfest training plans but they don’t appear to really match the trainerroad progression so I’m a bit lost really. I’ve tried to lay out a high level plan from here to early July on the assumption that the Etape will run around then. I am aware that this is tentative as things will crop up to disrupt it.
Here’s what I’ve come up with:
31 Aug - 13 Sept: 14 Day Trial Plan
14 Sept - 22 Nov: Fitness Kick-Starter
23 Nov - 20 Dec: All In For Cyclists
21 Dec - 14 Mar: All-Purpose Road
15 Mar - 11 Apr: All In For Cyclists
12 Apr - 4 July: Mountainous/Hilly Gran Fondo
Any comments on the above? Do the plans make sense for me or should I look at others instead? I am aware that expecting to maintain motivation, commitment and focus for 10 months is quite a tall order but my understanding is that the All In blocks between the main plans give space to “decompress” a little bit.
Many thanks and nice to meet you all