I know some version of this question gets asked a lot (I’ve done multiple searches). The responses vary, but seem to center around moving workouts around being the best idea if it’s a consistent problem (lots of outside rides) or skipping workouts if it’s an intermittent problem (only occasional outside rides). Because of my lower FTP (tons of respect to you guys; I can’t imagine getting mine to where most of what I see here is), I’m not sure the advice works for me.
My FTP is only 160. That means on a normal bike ride, just getting up hills requires spending time well above that. Combine that with the fact that I live in an area of rolling hills, and any outside ride is a decent challenge for me, I think that means I need to build in recovery.
For example, yesterday was on “off day” on TR (I am doing SSBMV), I went on a 1.5 hour / 21 mile ride. Power numbers were:
AVG Power: 135;
Max Power: 444;
Max Avg Power (20 min): 147;
Here are some charts (in case it helps):
On Wednesday, I did Carson (TSS 67). Today, I’m scheduled to do Tunemah (TSS 103). Saturday, I’m supposed to do Leavitt +2 (TSS 96) but was thinking of going on a longer outside ride (~35 miles / 2.5ish hours). Sunday and Wednesday are my off days on TR.
Should I just do Tunemah today or would I be better off “recovering?” Also, if I ride outside Saturday, should I move Leavitt +2 to Sunday or just skip it?
Is doing these “unstructured” outside rides hurting my ability to realize TR gains? The TSS numbers are always higher than the TR TSS workout numbers, but there is no structure to how I’m getting there.
Sorry for such a long post with so many questions. I appreciate all of you on here for sharing info with us less knowledgeable types.