Thanks, Bob - that’s exactly what I asked our club’s training guru. We (mostly they) do 60-110 mile rides with a good amount of climbing (near Mt. Rainier) every other Saturday. I have local hills that I can use to accumulate 5000-7000’ through repeats or circuits over 35-85 miles on the in-between weekends. I wasn’t sure if I could simply substitute those for the TR weekend ride… it sounds like I can (and should).
I just finished SSB Low, Vol 1, and was thinking of using the next 8 weeks to do Sustained Power Build Low - instead of more SSB - reasoning that I have a strong base and need sustained power for the DR. Taking your cue, I’d do Tue/Thu with a long ride/climb on the weekend. Since I crashed in February, I’ve done only rollers and then TR. I was skeptical that 3 workouts/week could get me in shape, but on my first 2019 club ride this past weekend, I was stronger than I’ve ever been at this time of year. Is there any reason to continue with SSB instead of Build?
Also FWIW, I’ve done (riding time) 11:20, 11:11 and then 10:24 over the last 3 DRs (my first, second and third centuries). The last was particularly gratifying since I had just turned 60. If I can keep getting faster as I get older, I’ll be a happy cyclist.