GA: You make an observation that I think could lead TR to add a significant feature to their calendar–inserting days. I’m 61 and a new TR rider, just got through the first three weeks of Base 1 Intermediate. I made it, but can see issues on the horizon. For ANY rider, but especially we more mature types, inserting a day (automatically pushing the program to the right) would be hugely helpful in avoiding the failure/guilt/foreboding cycle that happens when you need more rest to execute the program. For me, pushing my weekly schedule off a day isn’t an issue. I can get out of cycle with particular workout days. BUT (like all of us) I NEED TO BE PROPERLY RESTED! I don’t need an 8-day program or a 9-day program–I just need to be able to push my schedule. Sure, I can rearrange my calendar day by day by day just to insert a rest day, but it’s way to easy to screw up.
On the other hand, just because we’re getting old doesn’t mean we can stick to a 7-day program! I hung in there, inserted one rest day when it was getting hard and I was acclimating to full-up indoor training on my KICKR, and clawed that day back the following week to stay on course. But it took a lot of attention to sleep and especially eating. The TR program changes the way you must eat to stay on top of things. But we’re older and allegedly smarter so we can do all of that. I sleep more and do little active recovery things like short walks and not sitting too much and doing stairs just for the hell of it so I don’t fall behind.
But take all of this with a grain of salt. I’m a new guy, so I basically don’t know squat. My advice would be to hang in there, supercharge your recovery, sleep, & eating, insert days the hard way. My advice to TR would be to give us that day insert capability, and we’d be set! I am a huge fan of the program and can’t wait to see my ramp test after six weeks of Base 1.