About to turn 60, retired, plenty of time to train, plenty of motivation, no bike skills so no road riding (I’ve only had a bike for 18mths - 99.9% connected to a trainer).
My goal is to get fit and lose weight (and keep active). I have no desire to race (in the real world at least - too old to recover from crashes and I have very poor bike skills and absolutely no desire to ride on real roads).
TR is my 3rd attempt to do (and stick to) a workout schedule. I keep starting the journey at close to 100kg and get through 3-4mths, losing 10-15kg then fall off the wagon for 6-8mths (of doing nothing) where I lose all my gains and regain the weight!
I have found it very hard to stick to a specific workout programme for more than a week or 2 before I dump it and move onto a different programme. At the start these workouts have seemed too easy and I have tended to adlib with lots of extra rides turning a 450TSS week into a 750TSS week and a 240TSS recovery week into a 450TSS week thinking more is better (and I certainly lost more weight more quickly).
What I have found, is that my desire to continue with the programmes have waned. Its not that I am physically incapable of continuing, I just lacked the desire to continue (perhaps just a general fatigue).
So I began my current block back in Sept '20 on the same path/cycle. Started with a Garmin Cycle plan, then moved to a Sufferfest Plan 2 weeks later, and then to TR plans 3 weeks after that. I got through 2 weeks on a TR plan (which I didn’t stick to) and now have a new version of that plan where I have just completed 2 weeks unmodified (except for a couple of noodle rides with my wife out on some bike paths).
So why is it so hard to just stick to a plan? Will I do it this time? Is it the no pain no gain mentality many in my generation were brought up in? Will I sabotage it if the plan starts to get ‘too easy’ because I tell you it was very difficult to stay off the bike during my last 270TSS recovery week…