I’m new to TR and also somewhat new to cycling. In order to ask the question right and to make you understand, I have to explain my situation:
I’ve been going through a weight loss journey (from 243lbs to now 144lbs) by mostly changing my diet and by exercising/running. I put in quite some running miles in the last 2.5 years and did compete in half marathons etc. My weekly running mileage was right around 40 miles.
Last January, I injured my heel and couldn’t run, which is when I started to cycle. I started on a spinning bike, really enjoyed it and invested in a road bike (TCR II), a powermeter and training wheels (zonda). I really enjoyed cycling and rode 4 days a week, very unstructured, sometimes with a neighbor, etc.
My wife ended sign me up for an event: a 12 hour “race” - whoever can ride the most miles in 12 hours. So I started training.
I started with a pretty decent aerobic fitness, and all the spinning and cycling I did until then was helping me. I was using a training plan form “today’s plan” and tried to ramp up my training without burning out but still making the most gains possible. The last 6 weeks before the race I averaged 13 hours a week with a TSS of about 800 (I now understand that this might have been a bit too much). During my training I did all kind of intervals (tempo, threshold, sprints, VO2max, etc.) but also long endurance rides (up to 6 hours/110 miles). Anyhow, last weekend I had my race and started at 7PM and rode through 4:15 AM with a total mileage of 160. I was quite proud considering I’m new to the sport.
My current CTL is at around 100 and I was now planning on a recovery week followed by new plan, maybe some more base building etc.
I was thinking of doing some more road races/rides next year but want to use the fall and winter to properly prepare. I was now looking at the plans and I was wondering if I should start with medium volume or if I should do high volume due to my (for me) very high volume in the recent weeks?
So far, I rode a total of about 3,500 miles this year but really started to pick up cycling in March, so it’s like 3,500 miles in 6 months.
My outdoor FTP is 232 Watts at a weight of 144 lbs - in case that would be needed to give advice.
Oh, I’m 38 years old, btw.