In particular, the interesting part was how the MED for improved performance varies based on a number of factors. And it made me wonder - wouldn’t the MED for someone doing structured training for the first time be different to the MED for someone with a season or several seasons under their belt?
And yet if you repeat base/build/specialty, the training plans remain the same. What if there was an SSB plan that “unlocks” when you’ve completed the first one? Could SSB1 go straight into longer 10-15min intervals instead of the 5-8min intervals that are common early on? Does SSB2 need to lead quite so gently into the vo2 work if you’re already really used to that level of intensity?
I get that the plans need to be doable for beginners so they don’t give up, and it’s fairly clear that Trainer Road focuses strongly on this as it’s where their bread is buttered (not a criticism, just a fact of how tech companies need to operate and exactly what they should be doing). But for more experienced but time-crunched cyclists, it just feels like you can extract more value out of your 3.5-6 hours.
Would be interested if this resonates with anyone.