Thanks for the reply guys. I went and got a proper bike fit recently (TT saddle lowered 55mm
and road saddle increased by 30mm) and did a TT today. FTP is now around 275w based on a TT and a hard 3hr group ride on the weekend - what a difference position can make!
Because I have so much time I don't really plan on taking an 'off-season' or rest break. My plan is to steadily build on my FTP and race all the while, rather than undergo periodisation. However, I still don't know how to structure my blocks of training.
Is it better to have weekly blocks (e.g. one LSD, one hard group ride, one TT, one interval speed session etc.) of training that I repeat every week, or to have blocks of training that last longer than a week? For example, one week of primarily LSDs followed by a week of intervals?
I had a little google but couldn't find much on what type of training blocks are most effective. I probably need to get a coach so I'll start looking around. How can I tell if one coach is going to be better for me than another?
I read an interesting article on Wiggins on Cyclingnews http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/wiggins-lauds-new-training-philosophy
that talks about his new approach to training. Similar to Tapeworm it sounds as if he too does not prescribe to the 'standard' annual periodization model.
That's an interesting read because he's been on top form all year - at least enough for me to bet on him for the TdF
. Too bad it doesn't go in to any detail of what his specific training is though.