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1x40, 2x20, 4x10 done at FTP are all going to result in about the same physiological adaptation. The 1x40 is going to come at the highest psychological cost.
I would not do a steady dose of 1x40. You might do it once a couple of weeks before the TT for the practice.
As for the rest in 2x20's, enough to pretty fully recover typically 5-10 minutes.
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.