I have no race-goal in mind with my riding, but still I’d absolutely call myself a cyclist as I ride my bike five times a week (more on than below) and I do have a goal in the sense that I want to get fitter, month my month. So far this has been the case.
I use TR because I love the user interface, I really like the persons running it and love the podcast. I think it’s a very low price to pay for all that i get with my subscription.
Riding my bike is what I love to do; it’s fun, it’s exciting AND it’s a great way to increase fitness and/or to simply stay in shape. And I also happen to think my bike is about the prettiest thing there is.
I just turned 50, so I am under no illusions I could be the next Pogacar or Sagan, but what I can do with certainty is to improve, to constantly become a little bit better.
I’m 100% sure this could be achieved by following a number of the plans TR offers, and maybe I’ll use them eventually. But for now I have made my own workouts and follow a very structured plan. I got help with this, from a trainer working with the pro-team Bora. He knows my limits, my physique and he knows what I want to achieve with my cycling.
We started out with 8 weeks of what I would call base riding, did an initial FTP-test in order to set my training zones. Five times a week I rode, usually four zone 2 rides and one VO2max session, averaging at about 6-8 hours per week,
That phase was followed by four weeks of three zone 2 rides and two VO2max rides per week, again averaging about 7-8 hours/week.
The next four weeks we switched one of the VO2max session with a Threshold session. Again, 7-8 hours a week.
The forth week of every month is always very easy, with four short zone 2 rides.
So basically I do most of my riding at 75% of my FTP and the rest at 100-120%. So far I have raised my FTP from 212 to 272, according to monthly ramp tests, and my VO2max have gone up with 7 poits. But I do my training with FTP set at 95%, as this seemingly tiny reduction makes the effort level sit just right.
I have still had no issues with fatigue, over training or anything like that.
Good luck and enjoy your riding!