I’m looking for some advice on how to modify a TR plan…
I’m shortly going to start Sweet Spot Base Low Volume II and am running into the “problem” of wanting to join a 75mins weekly drop ride (lots of short hard hills) but only being able to fit 3 bike workouts into my week. As with everyone else, I no longer have any events this summer, so my aim is to slowly but surely build my base fitness, while enjoying riding outside with friends. I plan to start more event-focussed training towards the end of the year (half-distance triathlon).
Looking through the forum and previous podcasts, it seems like the advice for fitting in a hard group ride is either to add it into the week in addition to the planned workouts (assuming you can cope with the increased training stress; this isn’t currently an option for me), or do the ride in place of a planned workout. Since I would like to complete the plan as closely as possible (and have no events in my calendar), my proposed alternative would be to modify the plan by inserting the drop ride in place of a scheduled workout and pushing the whole plan back from that point each time. So my modified plan would end up looking like:
Week 1- ride, workout 1, workout 2 (instead of workouts 1-3).
Week 2- ride, workout 3, workout 4 (instead of workouts 4-6).
Week 3- ride, workout 5, workout 6 (instead of workouts 7-9).
With this modification, the plan would take 9 weeks to complete instead of 6, but I would complete all the workouts.
My question is: what would be the “cost” (in terms of training benefit) to following the above modification compared to (a) completing the plan as it is intended and ditching the ride (not something I plan to do, but interested to know the answer); and (b) simply doing the ride in place of one of the workouts (so in total only doing two thirds of the prescribed workouts)? The drop ride is pretty hard (~120 tss over 75 hilly minutes), but it won’t be as structured as a workout and is not sweet spot focused.
One problem I can foresee with my modification is that this is a long block with no scheduled rest, so I could insert a rest week and push everything back accordingly.
Final caveat/consideration: I also run 3-4 times a week and swim about twice a week (mostly easy stuff that doesn’t compromise my TR workouts), hence why I can’t fit more bike workouts in and recovery time is a potential issue.
I’m keen to hear some thoughts on this! Thanks a lot for any input.