Wondering if I could get peoples' opinions on a somewhat 'non-standard' winter training plan.
I'm in Vancouver and this time of year, I don't get much chance to ride outside. Not into riding in the dark on weeknights, and during the weekends I'm up in the mountains ski touring.
Going into my 2nd real season of racing - currently a cat 4, but have been told by everyone on my team that I'll be able to upgrade pretty quickly after I stop racing like a moron. Going to work on that.
I'm trying to figure out a way to get myself as bike-fit as possible over the next few months so when my first races of the year roll around in April, I'll be able to ride well despite very few long rides.
Currently, I'm relying on the ski touring to handle the aerobic endurance - each day is generally about 4-6hrs of Z2 or Z3, with breaks for the downhill fun part. During the week I'm working mainly on FTP stuff on the trainer. 'Drive for 5', 6x5x1, etc.
What's missing from all of this is anything resembling a 'base' period. No long spins in the small ring. Longest trainer ride is typically 90 minutes. Lots of intensity, not much Z2 on the bike.
The plan is to keep this up until about 4 weeks before race season starts, and then start working in some v02max stuff, sprints, etc. By that point I'll likely be riding outside more as well, with guys who are more than happy to tear my legs off.
Is this reasonable? Any major red flags with this approach? Will this lack of a real base period on the bike kill me in my first long road race of the year, or have any other big downsides?