Curious to hear folks’ thoughts on this video, which contrasts a bit with the output of TR’s high-volume, full-distance plan builder, essentially replacing early season VO2-max workouts with endurance-paced sessions.
My situation: COVID willing and injuries allowing, my “A” race next season will be an IM in July 2021. I used TR’s plan builder to generate a training calendar, and have been following it for about 6 weeks (was following some other high-volume TR plans for the year prior). The plan seems mostly reasonable, though I’m not gonna ramp up the running volume as quickly as recommended. It does strike me as odd that TR already has me doing a lot of VO2-max work. Did Mills last week, Dade - 1 this week, and my arch nemesis Mist is on tap for next week.
I realize that the alleged rationale for early season VO2-max work is that it isn’t specific to Ironman training. However, the studies and example plan in the video seem to contradict this rationale. This has me thinking about replacing the early season VO2-max work with endurance rides, and maybe adding an additional recovery ride to each training week. Then I’d plan to follow along with the remainder of the TR plan, starting around the end of December with another Build phase, and revisiting VO2-max in March when another Base phase is scheduled.
Also relevant to note is that I will be happily unemployed as of Nov 13, so training time isn’t as limited as it was.
Before I pull the trigger and overrule Coach Chad + The Machine, thought I’d poke the hornet’s nest and get some feedback here. Maybe I’m just fishing for an excuse to bail on Mist?