I have 5 days for training. 3 from tuesday to thursday indoors and both weekend days (saturday and sunday) for outdoor rides in a group. Rest days are always on mondays and fridays. Group rides have 3 to 4H with no concerns on power-zones, once I´ve no powermeter on my road and moutainbikes and I think even having a PM it wouldn’t be good for the group pace for me to follow a TR outdoor version exercise always looking at power ans pushing or slowing down the group. Some of this group rides are quite intense has a C or B race.
I’ve been doubting since I got in TR last Juin, between choosing LV or MV plans. Started by choosing LV doing the 3 trainings of LV in a row (tuesday to thursday) and group rides on weekends:
Choosing LV has a problem I’ve identified. The 3 trainings are all hard level and I train indoors from Tuesday to Thursday giving no easy day between hard days.
After last race in september I’ve made a two weeks brake and then started 9 weeks ago SSB I with MV but both my rides on Saturday and Sunday I’ve sheduled as outdoor rides once they are almost always group rides. Keep in mind they are group rides not really doing the outdor TR workouts has prescribed:
During SSBI MVI ´ve done on weekends, both days outdoors or in some weekends due to the weather one day on the trainer and the other outside, has showed in the next image:
The main advantage I saw during SSBI MV comparing with LV, was having the training on schedule on weekends in case of bad whether and doing it on the trainer, has it happened a couple of times. But this irregular outside/inside relation on weekends made my TSS quite irregular and in some weeks the TSS was lower than the week before.
Choosing MV doing only the first 3 trainings that have an easier day between has also a catch. I´m missing some important specific trainings that are schedule for the weekend (trainings 4 and 5). Normally on SSBMV saturday has an Over/under training that is always missed and in SSBLV the O/U is included on the 3 mid week trainings.
So basically in:
I’ve got to do 3 high intensity trainings in consecutive days (Tuesday to Thursday) and on weekends 2 extra group ride, missing an easier day between hard days, but getting O/U indoor trainings;
I’ve got 2 high intensity trainings with a less intense training between them (Tuesday to Thursday) and the same group rides on weekend lacking the 3rd high intense (O/U) training of the program.
Now I´m on the 3rd week of SSBMVII and once it has rained every saturday since week one of SSBMVII I´ve been doing the 4th training of the week on the trainer that is the 3rd hard training (O/U) and missing only the moderate training on sundays, doing a group ride outdoors instead. I´ll keep this to the end of SSBMVII but in 3 weeks I´ve got to decide the next step… Built phase!
What should I do then, LV with 3 consecutive hard days from tuesday to thursday and group rides always on saturday and sunday or MV and in this case missing boths weekend TR trainings or only missing the sunday Training indoors doing instead a group ride?
While it´s raining I´m not sad by staying inside on saturdays but when the rain stops I´ll surely prefer to be outside. Winter is not very hard in Portugal, some good sunny days with 10º to 15º degrees celsius, seldom going near or under 0º. Only the rain keeps me from going outside.