Hello, I searched the threads and didn’t find something that fit my specific situation so I am starting a new thread.
With any luck @mcneese.chad may chime in on this thread for everyone’s benefit that is in a similar situation?
I have been on TR not quite 2 years. The first year I was highly tinkering with my plan as I was never doing a workout over 45 min long. This past year I have pretty consistently stuck to low volume and have even added in some endurance rides and outside rides as well.
So now I have adjusted and am riding 5 and the odd time 6 days a week (if I am not running or swimming). However, I can always do rides of at least 60 min or longer, but on the trainer, I may only have time for two, 90 min rides during the week and one 2-4 hour outdoor ride April - Sept (through fall and winter I may only ride on the trainer once on the weekend for 90-120 min).
I can do the mid volume frequency, 5 rides per week, however (below based on SSB plan roughly):
3 rides are or 90 min long and I only want to do 2 at 90 min
1 trainer ride is 120min but I would only want to 60-75min
1 ride is 60-75 min which I can do
I don’t know whether to:
put low volume into my calendar and then manually add 2 rides per week by manually copying in workouts from the respective week and plan where I am at?
-or put mid volume into my calendar and then either:
a) for the rides I cannot do full time duration see if the same workout has a shorter version?
b) if the above doesn’t work add in the same type of workout (e.g. threshold) for the duration I can do?
c) leave everything as is and just stop pedaling when I run out of time?
One last question, from spring through summer when I ride outside, should I jsut move the prescribed workout that is the most easy to do outdoors/the workout that looks the most like how I would ride outside from an intensity standpoint, to the weekend so I am following as closely as possible a mid volume plan (or do a low volume plan with 3 rides mon-fri, add 1 endurance ride manually mon-fri, and then my outdoor ride on the weekend, the 5th ride of week is “unstructured”)?
Thanks for any help and feedback
when I do my outside ride and either actually try to do workout outside or
Doh! sorry @mcneese.chad and sorry @chad as well.
I think I noticed something around this in the past and clearly made the wrong assumption, apologies to both Chad’s.
I guess “@coachchad” was taken?
Well at least I know now going forward.
Thanks for letting me know.
For sure, I agree @firemunki, consistency is king over the long term.
For me, especially during thd year when I do an outdoor rides on the weekend, I am much closer to mid than low volume plan so I think it would be less manually fiddling with my plan to edit a mid volume plan than more heavily edit a low volume plan.
Hopefully we can have some more seasoned riders comment.
all the best with your riding
Did this make anyone else laugh out loud? I think TR should send this Chad padding pieces for his keyboards as I envision they are all head-slammed with this statement.
Now, imagine the confusion if the TR team ever gets McNeese on the podcast! Especially if Coach Chad is NOT present. (chuckle chuckle)
To the OP - do a LV plan and add to it. That way you get your A workouts done, maintain consistency, and continue to make progress. Adding workouts gives you flexibility. If you want your head blown, PM me and I will show you what I started with in my next build session and realized I physically could not do it all.
I’m in a similar place for training, there was a feature request for plan builder (by me I hasten to add) that instead of low, medium or high options you could set the number of workouts a week and maximum length you can fit it.