I’m getting in a bit of early training for my first full distance triathlon next year (doing an extra half of base, as recommended on the TR article). I’m on the mid volume full distance triathlon base plan right now. I was hoping to swap some of the longer Sunday rides with outdoor rides with my club, but even in the slower group these rides a lot more TSS than the workout they’re replacing, around 85 more yesterday in particular (and I can feel it!)
Can I shave a bit off of other workouts here and there to accommodate these, or should I just bite the bullet, stick to the plan and abandon the group rides until I (hopefully) raise my fitness enough to fit them in.
On that note, I’ve been training and did my ramp test on my Triathlon bike, but do these outdoor rides on my road bike. I know from the podcast that most people see a significant difference in FTP between the two, so maybe the additional TSS from the group ride isn’t as much as it appears and it could be less to worry about. I am using the same power meter on both (with Power Match in TR) and am fastidious about changing the crank length in the Powertap app when I move the pedals between the bikes as this reportedly changes the output. Would it be crazy to do a ramp test on both? I heard that the ramp test is easier to recover from, but even so, this sounds excessive.
I also find that I can’t resist going all out at our weekly Parkrun (a timed public 5k) so frequently throw off my TSS there, but that’s just my being an idiot and should be easy to correct.