Was really big into Tri’s and riding years ago. Sold bikes and focused on the family. Been out of the game for 4+ years. Bought a new roadie this spring/summer and started running and riding. Was at 215 in March, and am currently 182. I’ve done a fair bit of running and do a minimum of 3 or 4 miles each run. Long run on Weekends and long ride on weekend.
Here is what I have been doing:
Trying to ride 2-3x a week with longest ride on weekend. I’ve been trying to balance riding fairly easy (hard for me to do, I have a sprinters mentality), doing hill repeats, and paying more attention to my HR with regard to keeping it under 160-165 as much as possible. Longest ride to date is 50 miles. My typical short ride is 25 miles.
Run: Running 3-4x a week. Longest run usually on a weekend. Easier pace. Pretty much all my runs are on the treadmill (easiest due to schedule) and tend to be under 150 HR. If I run outside, it usually is around 160. I can’t seem to run slow outside. I am not fast anymore, but would like to get back into the game in the spring or summer. Likely starting out with a few sprints. Maybe a half the following year.
My problem-I’ve been using Garmin Connect and on Saturday my run of 4 fairly easy miles was listed as unproductive. Then it stated something like my training load was too high or my stress etc. Kinda odd, as I felt like I have been doing well. I did a super easy ride today of 25 miles with keeping HR at an average of 129. Highest it got was 145 for a few seconds. Again, after ride it listed my results as unproductive.
I feel lost and I want to get a handle on training. I will be joining TR in November and I have a 4iiii on the way (should be in tomorrow). I have used a PM before with TR before (back when it was $10 a month!), but it won’t fit on my new bike. I know I will need to do a 20 min (at least) FTP test. I just want to make sure that all of my workouts are “productive” and not garbage miles etc.
So, can you point me in the right direction, give me a plan to follow to start, or a link to read or to a great youtube video for me?
I’m annoyed that when I get on my bike now, I don’t know whether to ride slow and steady, hard and fast or what…