I tried a couple of searches first and didn’t see this topic.
This past weekend I had Tunemah on the calendar. But that morning I did the pre-ride at the a NICA race with my athletes (my kids) so I figured I’d take the workout that evening down a notch for roughly the same total workout time and TSS. I therefore selected Tunemah -2 instead. This was an hour version instead of the 1.5 hour version.
I failed the workout miserably. Of course there are lots of other reasons that could have happened (nutrition, general fatigue, etc), but a few days later I got to thinking about it a little harder. Comparing the two versions they are basically the same three sets of over-unders, but with less time between sets. I finished my first set, but bogged down almost immediately on the second set with only 3 minutes to recover between. Had there been the 10 minutes in the original workout I wonder if I couldn’t have finished it.
My original assumption was that the minus variants of workouts were “easier”. I’m wondering if my assumption was incorrect. Yes, they may have a lower TSS and be shorter in duration, but the way they get there may or may not result in an “easier” workout. Am I off base?