I just finished listening to the podcast [Fast Talk, ep. 68: The big picture — the three types of ride you should do] and always find there is some interesting things there. The latest one raised a few questions I thought I’d put up and see what others thought.
- They were saying that 2 hard workouts per week was optimal and I’m wondering what you guys think?
- Also what do you consider ‘hard’? Is it anything over threshold? Or anything outside zone 2? (In a trainingpeaks model). Seems like most TR plans have 3 ‘key’ sessions per week.
- My second question is that they bring up what the pros are doing a lot. But are we comparing apples and oranges?
- I train 8-10 hours a week with 2 rest days as opposed to 20-30 hours so will I get more benefits from relatively higher intensity than a pro who is doing 6 hour rides. Not to mention the average racer will generally only race for 1-2 hours max vs 6 hours. I know there will be principles that cross over but I wonder if it is a bit irrelevant to make too many direct comparisons.
Sorry for the long post, but there are a lot more knowledgeable people than me on here and would love to know other’s thoughts.