I’ve just started a 6-month plan, beginning with SSB1 MV. Question is - can I just skip (i.e. delete from calendar) all the Wednesday recovery rides? I really don’t think they are necessary for my purposes. I do weights on Wednesday so the legs are a bit tired and I cycle-commute every day so get plenty of Z2.
If I just delete them what effect would that have on an adaptive training plan? I still want the harder rides on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday.
Hey there! Deleting those rides won’t affect the progression of your higher-intensity T/TH/S/S rides. We wrote about these endurance rides recently on our blog; essentially, they’re there to add some comparatively low-fatigue volume and keep you consistent without wearing you out. And if you’re going to skip a workout in your plan, these are the ones to eliminate, especially if it helps you to be more consistent with your other workouts and/or make better use of that time through cross-training, and your strength training certainly fits the bill. There’s a chance that strength training might actually be more fatiguing than the originally-scheduled endurance ride, so listen to your body and make sure not to overdo it. But from an Adaptive Training perspective, you’re free to delete them!
Excellent! Thanks for the speedy and informative reply. I figured this may have been covered somewhere already but couldn’t find it.