Iíve been pleasantly surprised by the magnitude in which my body seems to be responding to sub-LT work this off season. Iíve been nailing some personal bests within 20-40 minute ranges with less effort and Iím 5 lbs. lighter! I'm steadily climbing the Power Profile Chart (tm) and assuming this trend holds up, this has me fantasizing about solo breakaways and 5+ minute finishes over the peloton in some of the longer road races Iím planning to sign up for this season.
While Iím sure that reality will be a somewhat less glorified version of this pipe dream, Iím still left wondering if adhering to an overall strategy of ďracing my strengthsĒ isnít such a bad idea. More specifically, working towards an outcome that gives me the greatest chance of success despite running the risk of a potentially lower average placings throughout the season. An extreme example: Podium twice and the rest at the bottom 10 vs. Average of 10-20 place finishes (field size of 50-75).
Iím toying with the idea to commit to an extended late base and build period with a lot of focus on FTP development, but recognize that I have precious little race experience (especially with longer RRs). So in fully acknowledging the fact that racing is as much about timing/smarts as it is about fitness, what are some ďbest practicesĒ for maximizing a decisive breakaway effort (when, how, under what circumstances/conditions, etcÖ)
Also, has anyone else trained with this type of specificity in mind and what were your results?