I’ve always considered myself to be a “know enough to be dangerous cyclist”.
- Biking for 15 years
- Perennial CAT 4 due to a multitude of reasons/excuses (too busy, kid, work, racing too dangerous etc.)
- When in shape (3.5-3.8 w/kg) good enough too participate in group rides, not enough to wow in races and never really broke the 4 w/kg ceiling
- Mixture of being coached, TR, training peaks, zwift and various urban legend learnings
With the traditional though that a CAT 3 usually averages about 700+ TSS a week and typical mid volume plan tops out at around 600 TSS, I would end up doing the interval part from TR and then do the hard group rides during Saturday and Sunday to make up the TSS. I would start off great during the year or after recovery weeks but would really feel bogged down by mid portion of a training phase and just ragged by EOY. Hitting the same ceilings.
Then I finally listened to the TR podcasts and they mentioned that not all TSS are created equal. The 120 TSS TR Saturday or Sunday ride could have the same (better?) effect on my training than the 200-250 TSS hard group rides. Better results for less time? I’ll take it !
Anyways that’s my plan, stick closer to the structured stuff. Will still go out at least 1-2 times a month for the group rides to get the endurance in and report back by end of 2020.
Wish me luck.