As I work a varied shift pattern I often have weeks where I can train more than others. I can consistently hit 8-10 hours week to week, but sometimes I’m able to hit 12+. I also have a week off work coming whereby I could REALLY go to town (note, please don’t be concerned regarding overtraining/fatigue, I pay very close attention to my body and only ever push myself as hard as I can take. Also this time of year is mainly z2/sub FTP work). I also take recovery very seriously.
My question is am I better off having a level of restraint on these weeks where I could do more volume (without burning out etc) in order to maintain a consistent TSS/load ramp rate?
E.g would I be better off from a performance perspective maintaining a positive TSS ramp say 500 > 570 > 640 > 700 as opposed to say 500 > 740 > 510 > 680? (Note: these values are for example only and not reflective of what I plan to achieve).
Appreciate thoughts on this, hopefully we can get a discussion going on this!
Also note I do not hinder my sleep hours to train, nor do I neglect proper recovery, stretching rolling etc. This additional volume that I am proposing would come without negatively impacting other work. If I were to fail workouts following this increase in volume I would back things off