Multiple Event Training

Looking at Echo workouts vs a workout like Augusta. Both sweetspot/High Z3 workouts what are the differences? I feel like if I do both workouts at equal time, I get more benefit from echo. Is this normal? Is echo a great workout for sustained power athletes such as a marathon mountain biker?

Echo and Augusta are very different workouts that are intended to work different energy systems. Echo is a tempo workout (less intense than sweet spot) while Augusta is a threshold workout (more intense than sweet spot). In general, Augusta has a much higher TSS in the same period of time, which means that it will have a higher training stimulus.

There is a time and place for both types of workouts, and the Training Plans are designed to incorporate both types of stimulus in order to build you into a stronger racer.

In other words, one is not neccessarily better than another. They both serve to improve different energy systems and improve your fitness in different ways.

Bryce my typical TSS for the week would be 400-500 these past 2 years. Would you say I am a better candidate for the mid volume SS plan?


I’m not Bryce but that’s not gonna stop me from putting in my 2cents :wink:. I think you’re correct in thinking MV is the appropriate TSS level. It’s easier to do outdoor rides as a substitute for TR workouts in MV then to add rides to the LV plan. At least with MV you’ll know the intended intensity for the day and you can try to mimic that outdoors if you like.


Yea that is what i was thinking. Figured i could delete 2 a week vs. adding 2 would be easier.

MI-XC is exactly right :slight_smile:

Mid-Volume would be a great option for you.

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Ok so I have set the mid volume to my calendar. I know I will remove the short recovery ride and replace it with 1 hour on the trails at a z2/low Z3 effort. Having a hard time figuring out the other ride to drop and replace with a 2-3 hour ride outside.l as I discussed towards the beginning of the thread. Any recommendations?? I actually have a really good base coming into this plan so I am doing as TR recommends and starting at mid volume ssb1 anyways, or should I start at mid volume ssb2 and move on from there?

Starting with SSB I is always our recommendation unless you have been doing structured Base Training for 6+ weeks. Having a solid and structured base is always a great time investment.

As for dropping a ride to replace it with a 2-3 hour outdoor ride, I would recommend dropping the 1:30 Sunday Sweet Spot workout. This is the closest equivalent to a 2-3 hour outdoor endurance ride. You definitely do not want to skip the Saturday over-under workout, as that is one of the most productive structured workouts of the week.

I hope this helps!

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It does. Because I have no clue what I am doing :joy:…I hope to learn a lot from this forum and the podcast. Thanks again Bryce


Question- i came from having some knee pain, both knees, from a bad fit on my bike. That has been rectified now but i still havent gotten fully over the pain. My A race is last weekend April and will take 2 weeks off the bike after that race. Is there any type of workout i should give up to take some strain off my knees or is it safe going all in on the workouts? My pain was more than likely tendinitis or some form of overuse. I ice, stretch constantly, do body weight leg exercises twice a week to prevent imbalances, do extended warmups and cooldowns, and maintain a little higher cadence. I know the right thing to do is rest and i have seen Nates post on knee problems, and to be honest, my A race is just the fact that i want to finish it. I have zero intentions on a podium spot. I do it purely for enjoyment.


I have to be honest Mike, this isn’t really in my wheelhouse. In almost all situations, we advise against training with any kind of knee pain whatsoever just to be on the safe side. I would recommend working with a physical therapist to determine the precise cause of your pain, and monitor your healing to determine when it is safe to train again.

As a general rule, you will likely experience less pain on lower intensity rides, so if you can do Sweet Spot without pain, but Threshold hurts, then stick to Sweet Spot. Use your pain as a guide to determine how much your body is able to handle at this time.

We have some extensive discussion regarding knee pain in this thread, as well as some workouts and best practices to alleviate the pain. I think you will find most of what you are looking for by reading through this thread:

Best of luck with your recovery, feel free to reach out if you have any further questions.

to clarify i have zero pain while on the bike. its really soreness following the workout late in the day and the next. But a good warmup always loosens me up to where i am soreness free during a ride or workout.


Hmm, I would still probably recommend seeing a Physical Therapist to be sure you’re not doing any damage.

If that is out of the question, I would recommend starting our easy with some strictly Sweet Spot work, and slowly progressing in intensity from week to week and pay close attention to any worsening of your pain symptoms. And definitely stay away fromthe low cadence drills :+1:.

Sorry I don’t have more concrete advice for you, but without a thorough examination from a PT I can’t fully understand the nature of your injury, and my advice will always err on the safe side.


Been incorporating some of those stretches and I am seeing good results. Less sore for sure. Thanks for the link.

What do you think the best workout you can do is for the rider who just wants to build fitness? SST 2x20 90%
Threshold 4or5 x10 @100%
Or Vo2 6-8x5min @112%

Obviously these would take building up to but if you could only pick 1 what would it be??

Hey Mike!

This question doesn’t really relate to this original intention of this thread, so I would recommend posting this question in a new thread to help maintain the organization of the forum :slight_smile:

By taking this approach, you can also get feedback from other members of the community who may have valuable input on this subject.

I’ll keep an eye out for your post!

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Thanks Bryce. I have a training plan question. I am doing the MVSSB and I am dropping the recovery workout for the same type just outside. . I noticed today on my ride that this plan is working. My overall pace is up already but I have a concern. The punchy 2-3 min climbs. I know once I get to sustain power build there will be some 3 minute Vo2 work but would it be acceptable to work that in now if I kept the TSS close or should I stay easy from that?


Hey Mike!

If you throw in a couple three minute efforts on your mid-week endurance ride (assuming that you are handling your weekly fatigue well), it will not drastically effect your training :+1:.

Just listen to your body and if you find yourself tired or stuggling to finish planned workouts, then you may want to dial it back. You will need to be especially conscious when you enter SSB II since there will be VO2 max interval days in that plan, and you don’t want to bite off more than you can chew :slight_smile:


Bryce coming back to you that i am in my last week of SSBMV. I am scheduled for SSPMV for my build. Weather is changing here and is starting to warm up so i want to get outside 2 days a week. I am kicking mid week recovery ride for an outdoor recovery ride(1 hour). Is the Sunday ride the other one i should kick? I plan on riding for 3 hours outside(Sunday) at my race pace. That pace is generally a mid Z3 pace so power target somewhere around 190-200 watts. I don’t burst up the hills or go any faster on the flats, i just maintain that consistent output with a couple 5 min light spins in the middle somewhere. Is this the optimal thing to do? I feel like i need these for my sanity and my bike handling skills since i am a mountain biker, however i have reaped major benefits from the SSBMV as in big power increases. I do not wont to lose any gains i would normally get from following the plan as written. What advice do you have??


Hey Mike!

It looks like this question is unrelated to the Orignal Post, so if you could post any new questions in a new forum thread, that would be perfect. This will keep the forum organized and make it easy to find helpful information :+1: