My name is Millie and I am from Wales (in the UK). I’m looking for some advice re limited outdoor exercise time and endurance training. Just for some background, I have been cycling for around 3 years and started with triathlon. I’ve found that I really enjoy long distance cycling and want to start doing multi-day events. I currently do about 10+ hrs of training per week, with the majority being outside.
I have several long distance events (160-300km w/ 5,000m+ elevation) this summer and autumn, which will hopefully go ahead and if not, this is something I want to improve on anyway! But in the UK, although outdoor exercise is not prohibited we are limited to one outdoor exercise a day. This is where it gets complicated and I have seen many a facebook spat about it. The government guidance does not give a length of time, therefore in theory you could go for a 200km ride and that is fine, but it does recommend ‘staying local’. So I feel a tad uncomfortable going out for long rides outdoors currently, but dread the thought of sitting on the turbo for 4/5 hours.
I would like to know if doing double session days, e.g. doing a chilled cycle outdoors for 40/50km in the morning then doing a turbo in the afternoon, would be an appropriate substitute for long rides (how I have previously trained for endurance events)? Or should I just do long sessions on the turbo, if so, what training sessions do you recommend?