So I’m 52 this month and have been following structured training on and off for at least 15 years. Most coaches say no more than 2 “hard interval days/week” Plan builder gives 3 in mid vol plans (I’m doing climbing road for Wilmington and SBT GRVL).
Add to that 2 days of SS and one short Z2 on Weds between VO2 and Threshold days. It totally makes sense that critics claim this is too much. I’ve followed the Podcast religiously, have listened to multiple Seiler interviews, FasCat podcast, etc. I love TR, think the “BigCat” is similar in philosophy to TR through base but then goes Full Gas polarized in specialty. I listened to TR defend the criticism of being non polarized, but still feel they plan too much for a 50+ year old mtb and gravel racer.
I’m eagerly awaiting (on closed beta waitlist) AT. Regardless of all of that…Why doesn’t TR take age into account and why prescribe 3 “difficult” and 2 “moderate” days? That is the layout as I reset my plan after some interruptions that’ve occurred.
That schedule goes against most all conventional wisdom as far as I’ve heard for the past 20 years since my first Cyclist Training Bible.
I’ve browsed Chad McNees and some other self experimentation into pyramidal and polarized posts. I’m wondering about just doing the following:
6-8 hours available until June (school teacher–will have more time)
In January I began SS Base 1, 2 into Build 1,2 and started Specialty last month
don’t want to burn out before August as I have in the past by October-November mtb races in Michigan where I usually try to peak.
Tue- 90 min with VO2 intervals building like Seiler until 5x8 min at 108-110%
Wed-60 min Z2
Thur-90 min thresholds
Sat- 90 min group ride or long low end SS ints
Anyone willing to offer experience or informed advice ??? Again – Doing Wilmington Whiteface 100K gravel June 5 and SBT 144 mile Aug 15.
Thanks to anyone who bothered to get to this point in the life story here!!