And thus, my first week of training for 2011 has ended: 1 outdoors short aerobic-paced ride, 2 rides on a trainer, a couple of runs and some weights. This month will be easy, with a greater focus on running and maybe 2 rides/week outdoors, and 1 spinning session on the trainer. And I am saying "screw this" to roadie-skinny, and going back to doing weight training for my upper body. If that means a couple of extra kilos, so be it.
The big question facing me is - what do I really do about base? Thomas Chappell and Joel Friel both are very keen supporters of a proper base period. However, Hunter Allen, in his recent e-book on TT Training, actually says that he thinks long slow rides are not really that useful for TT riders who are doing shorter, faster rides. His argument is, the loss of wattage in base takes a long time to gain back. And he recommends a month off the bike, with a strong focus on running, as a way to crosstrain and kick off a new season of training.
That makes intuitive sense for me - but so do the arguments for base: namely, improving aerobic efficiency, which allows for greater FTP gains later.
The good thing is, Chappell, Friel and Allen all agree that the first month of a season is best spent cross-training, so that is what I plan to do for the rest of January. Then we will see what we will see, I suppose.