I’ve been working through the mid volume progression this Winter and it’s been great. Solid FTP gains, but also huge gains in repeatability and muscular endurance compared to where I was last year headed into Summer.
I’m not training to race or for a specific event, but having fitness and going fast is fun. I’d like to keep progressing, but my main pursuit once the weather turns nice is hiking/backcountry camping. I will probably have time for one 2-3 hour ride on the weekend and I typically ride 2-3 evenings during the week, but if it’s nice on the weekend, I’m headed to the mountains. On a typical weekend, I’d be doing 6-12hrs of hiking with 1000-2000m elevation gain.
Now that outdoor workouts are a thing in Trainerroad (and hopefully the Garmin API stuff is coming soon too), I have some structure to integrate into my outdoor riding, but how can I best account for/integrate the training stress accumulated from hiking into my training plan so I can keep getting faster over the summer?