I read a couple of training articles related to fell running (long distance e.g. Bob Graham Round etc) and a lot of the training behind it didn’t have much running over the 3-4 hour mark.
It showed a couple of charts illustrating that once these runners got to the 3 hour mark of continuous running, the aerobic and muscular adaptations ‘peaked’ and the trade off of increased injury Vs improved athletic performance diminished… So this 3 hour ‘sweet spot’ unofficially existed.
It did mention that there are lots more benefits than just aerobic when going longer (mental toughness, being prepared for the time on feet etc)… But I was curious if the same applies for cycling?
Is there a point where the long ride ‘peaks’ and you get all the benefits and anything after sees a decrease in overall gains but an increase in injury risk?
We’re talking endurance based rides/ running, all day pace stuff.