Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Middle Tennessee
Bikes: Lynskey Custom Allroad; BMC SLR01 TeamMachine
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Thanks, everyone, for all the replies. In a way, it's good to have a 21-month training program before my "A" event.
Since I'm still seeing big fitness/power gains from Base phase training, I think it would be foolish to interrupt that unnecessarily. There's no rush to stop. I can also gain some strength and core training on top of Base training that I couldn't add (with benefit) to more intense training. The more base I can build and the more leg strength I can build, the higher my power levels (and power/weight ratio) will be when it's time to Build for my "A" event.
I'm going to continue with Base phase training, interspersed with brutal monthly fitness tests and once-weekly group rides (except on recovery weeks). When the power gains begin to diminish -- and they will, at some point -- then I can revisit the question of more intense training cycles.
I'm under no pressure to race this year -- and nothing says I can't race while doing Base phase training. This should be good.
Last edited by FlashBazbo; 05-30-14 at 05:44 AM.