In the end March was a strong month of training. I rode 590 miles, trained for 52.5 hrs and burned 20,200 KCal. I also finally broke off my weight plateau although I remain six pounds above what I consider the maximum weight for climbing, eleven pounds above desired, and way, way above optimal climbing weight (TBD if I ever get close). So far this year I have rode 1623 miles and trained 122.3 hrs.
This week I am finishing my base training and it has gone pretty well. I wanted to ride one 100-mile ride in March but the weather, particularly the wind, would not cooperate. I did get that one 86 mile ride in with a lot of headwind.
I expected to lose some critical power or FTP during base but was surprised to find during testing this week that I had gained four watts. That is four of the thirteen that I set as my minimum target if I am to ride the Ridge of the Rockies with PAC in September. Perhaps more importantly, I raised my power/weight ratio by 4.5% with a target of raising it 13.5%. Overall I am about a third of the way to target and just starting the first build period.
I will now do eight weeks of build and one week of peak before the Ride the Rockies. I will do two hard weeks and one recovery week for both build 1 and build 2 and then peak after build 3.