I’m pretty new to TR and have been doing a bit of a hybrid plan with sustained build plan intervals during week and long outside ride/FTP work on Saturdays as the bulk of my training stress. So far, so good and I have been able to complete all the intervals without too much drama.
This week is my first scheduled recovery week and the TR plan is very different from what I’ve done in the past. The TR plan calls for 60-120’ endurance rides through the following sunday. Nothing I would consider a true recovery ride, but mostly just endurance pace.
I guess I don’t see the point of riding endurance all week if I’m trying to absorb the training stress of the prior 3 weeks. It seems it would slow recovery, but not enough stress to build fitness. Why wouldn’t it be better doing a few easy spins and jumping back into intensity/volume by the next weekend? What is a 90 minute endurance ride supposed to be achieving in the context of a recovery week?
For recovery weeks, I will typically do some cross training Sunday and do a few active recovery (~50%) m-F, but then back to some volume/intensity the following Saturday and I’m feeling rested and strong by then. What would be the downside of this compared to the endurance rides?
On a related note, what about doing a ramp test on Friday night at the end of a recovery week rather than burning a full session the following Tuesday?