I have a problem although its a good one. I am 67 years old 5’8" and 170 -175 lbs. March 31 will be my last day to work. I have been riding pretty steady for the last 6 years and using TR off and on for most of it. I have been working/commuting 12-13 hours a day 5-6 days a week for years. I work second shift and usually get to bed about 3 am and wake up by 9-10. I don’t set a alarm I just wake up.
My training has always been limited by my free time but I usually manage 3-4 rides of a hour or two a week either on TR or outside. I don’t and have never raced I just ride t-shirt rides and a few centuries with my daughter & 22 year old granddaughter. I do enjoy trying to get a PR or even a occasional KOM on Strava.
I am starting to add some “circuit room” workouts that our local gym has added for us old folks so I hope to gain some upper body fitness that I am lacking from a few sessions a week there.
My problem is I have plenty of motivation that I don’t want to loose and will soon have plenty of time to either do it right or overtrain and loose motivation. I know I can handle more stress when I no longer have to work long days on a assembly line. We did RAGBRAI last summer which was 470 miles of riding hills and eating whatever came along while sleeping in a camper and although tired at the finish I felt good. That gives me confidence I can handle more but how much?
So my question after all this rambling is how should I handle all my new available training time to get the most out of it?