Hi All - I have a question about longer base periods for returning to fitness. I’m a former athlete, now in my mid 30s looking to get back into shape. I realized in February, 2021 that I qualified as sedentary and that needed to change. I’ve been running or riding 3-5 days a week since that time (weekly TSS around 300). Over the last 1-2 months I’ve been focusing on more on sweet spot intervals (usually totaling 30-60 minutes) and 1-3 hour zone 2 rides, with the goal of building the best aerobic engine I can. Although my primary goal is simply improved health, I would love to start doing hill climb or time trial events next year.
How would you approach a 6-12 month long base period? No wrong answers, just interested in a variety of ideas - how would you go about this?