So tomorrow is my last ride of base - well, technically, I still have Week 4 of Base3 to go, but it is a recovery week so not a whole lot going on there.
This year has been very different from last.
Last year, I knocked off 1000km+ in each of the 3 base months, including back-to-back 100km rides every weekend. Weekdays, I'd just get some riding in for 45 minutes-1 hour per ride.
This year, I am following a Joe Friel based training plan. It started me off very slow - no ride longer than 1.5 hours in the first month, 2.5 hours in the second month and only now, in month 3, am I riding 3+ hours on weekends. Month 1 had some running thrown in. Month 2 was on the bike only, and starting including some tempo work. Month 3 was also bike-only and actually built up to a weekly FTP session. All 3 months include some weight training as well.
Under this new plan, my overall mileage is quite low - some of it is due to doing a lot of rides on the trainer and the broken roads of the island (where I lose about 5-6kph for the same wattage due to bouncing up and down).
However, I feel a good improvement over last year in terms of my ability to hold higher wattage and feel that my FTP is a good 20W more than what it was over the same period last year... ie, about the same as what I ended last year with. So once I start the build phase next month, I am hoping to end the year a good 40-45W higher than where I started... which should be a level I feel happy with, and which will provide a good starting point for Ironman training.
But in the immediate future, Ladakh beckons - 2 weeks to go and I need to start planning for it.