I’m running through my first SYSTM program and having tremendous success at the halfway point. The plan I have chosen is:
- Moderate Volume - 2:1 - Season Prep - Strength
- Mental Training
- Yoga - Intermediate
- Strength - Level 4
The volume is absolutely perfect for me. Most workouts are tough, but not too tough. By the end of the second hard week I’m definitely ready for a break. So far my FTP is up 20% since August, my watch estimates my VO2 Max has increased from 44 to 51 (only a few more points until I’m “advanced” haha), I have lost 8 lbs, and my swimming is vastly, vastly improved. It’s awesome.
So why change if it’s going so well? Unfortunately, I’m developing some mild plantar fasciitis in my right foot so I want to take a break from running. The offseason seems like a good time to do that anyway. I also joined my local masters swim team and have been doing their workouts 2-3 times a week, so the SYSTM swim workouts aren’t strictly necessary. I think I want to change to a cycling-only plan.
My focus from now until the start of the training season will be:
- Getting down to race weight - I still have about 8-9 lbs to lose.
- Boosting FTP/4DP
- Fully resting all my running bits
- Improving my swim technique - I have also signed up for individual swim lessons with one of the masters coaches
Given my history and goals, is there a particular plan I should switch to? Or should I just keep going with my multisport plan and swap out the runs for additional rides or swims? I.e. this Thursday I have Violator and a 15 minute brick. I could just do Violator and then follow it up with a 15 minute Zone 2 ride instead.
Thanks in advance!