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Originally Posted by CharlyAlfaRomeo View Post
An hour at a time isn't enough to build base like that.

OP in your situation I'd probably do a couple of 2x20 or 5x5 workouts every week. You can get them done in an hour or so and they should maintain if not improve your FTP if done right. I would however suggest you gear up to ride longer in the cold, there is no substitute for long Z2 rides in the off season.
I agree, except that during the winter I'd even more strongly prefer longer rather than more intense if he can possibly make the time.

Also get the book The Time Crunched Cyclist for some ideas on his to get stronger on minimal training hours, just be careful as training with too much intensity all the time will burn you out.
I definitely wouldn't recommend Carmichael's book at this stage, if he follows the time-crunched regime the poor guy will be exhausted just as the snow is about to melt! I used that program one year as a quick fix when I had been off the bike for a while. I got fast, fast: but it burned me out pretty quick.
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