In my latest attempt to overthink my training this year, I stumbled across some stuff on reverse periodization. The general theme seems to be harder, shorter work during the winter moving to lower intensity and more volume into the season. My events this year are primarily longer gravel rides (60+ miles) and a 2 day charity ride covering 190 miles.
In principle, this seems like a good approach for my situation…
- I can do shorter, intense rides on the trainer since it’s too cold (for me) to ride outside. I’m not a fan of riding much below 35F. I’d then increase volume as the weather improves.
- I could likely raise my FTP some even if TTE suffers now, and work on extending TTE closer to my events.
- Less time of the bike allows more time to devote to weight training this winter with the same overall time commitment to training.
I’m thinking 2 or 3 VO2/threshold 1 hr workouts during the week, with some 2 hr endurance rides on the weekend. Maybe 6-7 hours per week through March moving up to 10-12 per week when I can do longer rides outside. My butt (and attention span ) can’t handle much more than that on the trainer.
Am I on to something or nuts?