I asked this question for the podcast, but i figured i would give it a go here.
I am primarily a mountain biker. Ride a Trek Slash. I race in the CNES here in B.C. Canada, along with some other local races. Highly competitive, usually in the top 10 courtesy of solid technical skill. I ride road and cross for the fun of it as well. 6’2" 187lb. ftp just over 280. I know, not impressive ha.
I manage to get 2 outdoor rides in a week, usually ranging from 1.5 to 3 hours with 700 to 1100 metres of elevation.
I love to strength train, and I am in the gym 1 to 3 days a week, primarily on compound lifts, squats, deads, cleans etc.
I am in the early stages of the low volume build phase, and there are days where i lack the motivation to get on the trainer inside for 75 or 90 minutes of v02 max or threshold work. I will opt to go to the gym and have a strength training day and either skip or push that workout. While the extra gym day increases my leg fatigue/ soreness, it provides me mentally with a restart.
Is skipping those trainer days impeding my potential for a greater ftp, or is doing something productive in the gym better than draggin myself through the workout scheduled. All to make those IPA’s more worth it. Hoping for some insight from @chad