Thanks for the insights everyone. I think the most difficult thing is holding back when I do have the capacity to do more, rather than pushing too hard, carrying more fatigue then it all unravelling a couple of weeks later if I get super busy. I’m pretty good at knowing when I need to back-off though.
I think the suggestion to commit to a low volume plan then add in additional rides when possible is perhaps the way forward, although I do seem to recover from lower intensity longer duration workouts much better than high intensity sessions. Think I therefore need a plan that’s more focused on lower intensity higher volume and miss workouts where I have to, rather than a higher intensity lower volume plan that runs a higher risk of too much stress.
So what I’m suggesting is skipping sessions from a mid volume lower intensity plan rather than adding additional sessions to a lower duration higher intensity plan. I’d look to keep my baseline target TSS/Week consistent by undercooking a mid-volume plan rather than overcooking a low volume plan. Make sense?
This may ultimately lead to the same gains in fitness but require more time, but that’s just how I recover.