Hi Guys. First post on the forum but a TR user for nearly 2 years ( I think?)
I have a question about the impact of doing multiple outdoor rides per week and how to fit in with one of the TR plans
Just as a background I don’t race but do the occasional sportive / gran fondo. My annual highlights are usually a week long cycling trip somewhere in Europe (usually hilly) with my cycling group in September and a shorter two day trip (UK) in June. Until a few months ago my schedule was to do one of the TR low volume plans. I would do the Tuesday and Thursday session and then substitute the longer Saturday workout with my regular Saturday group ride. I accepted that the Saturday ride would lack structure and the TSS was probably higher than the scheduled TR session but it seemed to work well. I usually fitted in two gym sessions if time permitted on non cycling days.
A few months ago my work schedule changed (Wednesday off) and I now do an outdoor ride with a friend in addition to the Saturday ride. Whilst this is really enjoyable it has messed up the TR plan and I often ended up doing only one indoor TR ride per week. Instead of substituting the TR ride I just selected the next ride in the plan whenever I rode on the trainer. In other words, an 8 week plan may now take me 2-3 times as long !
I don’t want to drop the outdoor rides as they are fun and social. I accept they won’t deliver the best bang for my buck but I also feel that they have compromised the TR plans.
So, my question and sorry it’s taken a while to get there. Going forward, assuming that I continue with the Wednesday and Saturday ride (weather permitting), is it better to still follow a low volume plan and just do a ‘next ride up approach’ whenever I train indoors. This will mean that sweet spot base for example would take a lot longer than 12 weeks as I won’t be riding 3 times indoors per week. Or, should I move through the plan each week as intended but accept that I may only complete one of the designated TR rides?
Thirdly, do I try to fit in two indoor rides and substitute the Saturday session for one of the outdoor rides. This means I will be riding 2 indoor + 2 outdoor so higher TSS than present and I would probably have to drop a gym / other sport session.
Any advice / thoughts greatly received!