I’ve got a bit of a mess of questions… I wonder if someone could help please?
I’m training for a 200km gravel ride with 4k meters of climbing in 10 weeks time. I’m not planning to race it, my objective is just to be strong enough to enjoy the ride. I’m 47 and although I’m certainly no couch potato I’m no elite athlete either. So I’m feeling nervous / motivated to get my training right.
I’ve loaded up the base training mid volume and am hoping that, with some long outdoor weekend rides, I’ll be in good enough shape. I nearly went for the high volume programme but I worried about burning out. So I’m thinking I’ll supplement the mid volume programme with a longer endurance ride on the trainer, during the week. And I’ll extend the easy endurance ride that I see in the programme each week.
So my questions I guess are about whether my approach seems right:
- Is TrainerRoad good for training for a long ride of this type, which I’m not intending to race?
- If I just do base training - which appears to be all I’ve got time for - without getting into the build or specialty phases, will that be ok?
- Is adding extra low intensity endurance sessions a sensible way forward, do I risk burning out by doing more than the programme and what signs will i see in the data that I may be over cooking it?