How do you balance training with good old fashion fun riding? Especially without racing availability.
I don’t do TR to win races (cause I am old and fat). I do it get fit, enjoy nature and the joy of crushing PRs. This year has been quite successful thanks to TR, but I don’t want to a slave to the structure either.
To match the spirit of TR, I tend to do “mostly” structure indoor rides during the weekday for outdoor rides. I try to look at the profile of the outdoor ride and do rides to mimic the profile (I have zero luck following the ride on my Garmin due to traffic, stops, crowding, geography, etc.). I’ll definitely be more indoor once the weather gets rainy, butI personally like to get outdoors regularly in the short Canadian summers. I also don’t tend to limit my rides to a 1 hour ride (typically 1.5 - 3 hours). Add some summer vacations and the volume also spikes.
The strict rules will likely be easier to follow when the weather sucks and I don’t want to sit on a trainer for 2 hours.
This week, as an example, I did a very hard ride. Lots of mountain climbing for 6 hours (2,000 meters/yards climbing). This one was a bucket list ride so I have no apologies training wise.
I don’t have any races in the next 6 months due to covid, so I don’t see any hard need to strictly follow the plan and I train to enjoy not enjoy training ;~)
I am curious. How do you balance Fun and Outdoors and/or Epic Rides with Structured Training? Do you just throw them in there where ever or do you have some “rules” to follow?
One final thought is that I mostly follow the low volume plan, but I do find it’s often not enough and find I want more.