The season isn’t over yet, and I have one more criterium and road race this weekend in Greenville, SC before I hang up the road bike and switch to the cross bike. However, I quickly scanned some posts from June and noticed the fatigue issues that bothered me back in June. I think the biggest difference between then and now (recovering quickly) is the introduction (or reintroduction) of punchy group rides. I focus on a lot of SST / FTP type efforts in the early Spring to raise FTP. Once you go down that path, it is very painful and uncomfortable to add in intensity. I added in intensity via Tuesday Night Crit, but it isn’t the same type of intensity that you find on a Strava segment where you go 100% for 1 min, recovery for 5 min at fast tempo and do it again. The Tuesday Night Crit has attacks and counter attacks, but they are short 5 – 10 sec efforts followed by hard 5 – 10 min efforts off the front. It is working more VO2 and FTP. The other major difference was the lack of Tucker rides prior to June this season. There was a lot of rain this year, and I also had a lot of Saturday’s booked with racing, so I didn’t get a stretch of Tucker rides until late June. I find that 4 weekends in a row of 86 miles to/from Tucker with hard efforts off the front plus a few hard midweek / Strava chasing group rides can be a nice ying/yang with hard / long mixed with short / hard. That combination (long Tucker and shorter intown) is a nice mix if I’ve already built up FTP in January – March. So, hopefully Mother Nature and maybe a little less March racing will get me in better shape faster next season.
Next Up: Greenville SRS Championship Finale Race Weekend September 14th and 15th. Then, it’s on to September 28th Rocky Face, GA for Georgia Cyclocross race #1. It never ends around here….