I am nearly through 8 weeks on the New Century Time Crunched Cyclist Program. I've also been losing weight on a low carb high fat diet so I guess my efforts could've been more intense - although I've been going balls out when instructed.
I've missed on average one Endurance Miles session per 2 weeks due to being insanely busy. I intend to keep it up until I go on vacation next month or until I am feeling overtrained.
I have gone from average speeds around my usual flat 30km loop of 22 km/h to 25-26 km/h(although I feel if I time trialed it without intervals on a good day I'd be faster). I'm faster than all my (non-competitive) friends and I'm still 20kg overweight. Brilliant. Better than I hoped for.
I plan to start again in August when I return from my holiday and I also intend to lose the next 20kg then too - before the end of the year I hope.
My question is - will I lose all my new found speed and power when I take a 4 week break on vacation (unlikely to ride more than once a week on a borrowed bike). Will I be able to start at a higher level when I come back?
Just curious about other (relatively unfit) people's experiences.