I used Plan Builder to create a plan for me for this ride: 2023 SDGF Route · Ride with GPS (last year’s course, am assuming this year will be basically the same). I’m doing a masters low volume plan and prior to TrainerRoad, I had essentially no experience with intervals on my bike (I’d done intervals before on my Airdyne). I’m doing all my rides outside.
I have two questions as I’m looking over my plan (I’m three weeks into it already):
The longest ride plan builder has me doing is 90 minutes. I anticipate the ride I’m going to do at the end of April will take me between 6.5 and 7.5 hours of actual riding time. While I know I probably don’t need to do a really long ride prior to the event, I’m thinking it might still be a good idea. (My longest ride to date was a metric century in June 2023, which went fine.) Thoughts on subbing one of the workouts towards the end of my plan for a ~60 mile ride with roughly the same ft per mile elevation gain as the ride I’m training for?
If I do sub a workout in my plan for a long ride, I’m thinking of replacing either a threshold ride or a VO2max ride. I haven’t done any VO2max rides yet, so I don’t know whether those are more or less challenging than the threshold rides. I’m guessing more and if that’s right, then I’d lean towards substituting the long ride for a VO2max ride.