Got a question regarding ramp rate and my weekly TSS. I’m not new to training, and I understand that we hope to functionally over-reach each week doing a bit more week than the previous week. However, sometimes we have a big ride scheduled that doesn’t necessarily coincide with the final week in a loading cycle which is generally going to be your biggest week TSS-wise. Nor does it fit in with your current training block.
For example, lets say that your last 4 weeks looked like this:
Week 1: 300TSS
Week 2: 330TSS
Week 3: 380TSS
Week 4: 535TSS (Big ride that drove weekly TSS and ramp up way high)
Week 5: What to do this week?
Week 6: 200TSS (Recovery)
As you can see, my week 4 was significantly more stressful than the previous week, and I’m left with a decision for week 5.
A: Perhaps I rest/recover this week
B: Go for more TSS than week 4 at the risk of non-functionally overreaching and going too far
C: Plan a week that includes some amount of stress or intensity, but is still less than week 5 (E.g. 400-420TSS)
This is all theoretical, but I often find myself working outdoor rides that don’t necessarily coincide with a TR workout or my current training plan and they might drive my weekly TSS up much faster/higher than if I had just ridden indoors that day. I’m wondering how to plan the week after.