Sent this in to ACC podcast but not confident they will pick my question.
Started using Trainer Road mid-April 2022, chose to get an indoor trainer over a power meter for any of my bikes, so consider all my outdoor rides as less productive.
For 2023 I decided to set a process goal for the year, rather than setting an FTP goal, I decided to target a minimum of 6 hours of riding per week.
I have made some progress in my FTP but feel like the newbie gains period is over and since spring 2023 I have struggled on and off with periods of fatigue, which rather than stepping away from the bike for several days or a week, I’ve addressed over longer periods of low intensity training. This has cost me some progress but allowed me to maintain my 6 hour a week minimum so far. Overall, I feel like my consistency has been good, I’ve cut a lot of the fun out of cycling for myself by very rarely going out for group rides or solo outdoor rides (no power meter yet) in favour of staring at the blue blocks.
This spring also corresponded with the end of my training, writing my final board exams, etc, while working but now that is completed I am hoping to be able to handle volume better without getting overly fatigued. The other thing I am excited about is being able to commute to the clinic I will be working out of by bike, my intention is to reduce my extra Endurance rides I have been doing to supplement the Low volume TR rides to hit my 6 hour weekly minimum and replace them with my commuting volume when the Canadian weather allows.
I’ve definitely made some mistakes, one of which was trying to do productive endurance to fill the extra volume around my Low volume plan to get to the 6 hour weekly minimum. I’ve found that Little Park and Lazy Mountain +1 seem to work better for this whereas Townsend -1 and even Tomyhoi seemed to wear me down.
As I use ERG mode, I generally can see my level of fatigue by what cadence I can maintain and how much I have to get out of the saddle to get through a workout. I’ve grinded through many workouts while fatigued with an avg cadence <60 (when less fatigued will avg mid to high 80s).
Due to these issues, my other area of non-compliance has been generally reducing the PL ramp rate progression and often doing 2 intensity workouts a week rather than 3 to allow for the extra volume.
I was wondering if you had any suggestions for areas of improvement that will allow me to continue progressing my volume in hours (want to maintain 6+ hours per week and eventually work up to 8-12 hours per week + resistance training which I haven’t had the time and energy for but am hoping to start this summer) and becoming a faster cyclist. I’m excited about my cycling commute but a little concerned about that time being less productive until I can get a power meter and start trying to follow a TR workout while completing it as the terrain allows.
How do I link to my calendar, for people that may be interested?