I have a question I wanted to run by you all… but here is some quick background first.
Since about March of last year, I have been following the Mid-Volume plans (Base, Build, etc.) and doing most of my riding indoors. A few buddies recently got bikes, and I am starting to weave in more outdoor rides - about one or two a week, typically on the weekends. I like to push somewhat hard, and the IF is usually in the .75-.85 range for 2+ hours for those outdoor rides. So not a coffee ride, but also not a structured workout.
I am about to start a new block and deciding if I should stick with the Mid-Volume plan and cut out the “Moderate Sunday” workout in exchange for an outdoor ride (unstructured) or go down to the Low-Volume and make sure I am nailing the 3 workouts and toss in an extra workout here and there depending.
I have been on a nice upward trajectory with my FTP since the beginning of last year (220 to 275 - thank you, TR), and I would like to keep on improving. I am a little worried that the drop in volume might affect that, but I wanted to see your thoughts!
TL;DR - Is it better to remove the “moderate” workout from the Mid Volume Plan or add an “easy/moderate” workout to the Low Volume plan when balancing outside riding with indoor training?