I’m looking to start a SSB plan and need some help picking the right strategy on volume. Just a brief background to provide context to my question: I started structured training 2 years ago and have been pretty consistent with two 1-1.25 hr trainer rides per week (Tues/Thurs), usually in the 55-80 TSS range for each one. Early this spring, I decided one of my cycling goals for the year would be to ramp up duration and be able to handle longer rides (I’d never really ridden more than 1-2 hrs). I have very consistently added a long ride (usually outdoor, but sometimes on the trainer) on Sat or Sun, building from ~2 hrs in March to ~4 hrs in the past month or two. Over that time, my overall 6-week avg weekly TSS has grown steadily from 130 to 290.
As winter sets in, I want to try a TrainerRoad plan and figured SSB would be the best place to start. But I feel like the Low Volume might be too low (it’s lower overall TSS than where I was 4 months ago and I’ve built up since then). The Mid Volume seems too high of a place to start (2 really high TSS rides on both Sat and Sunday - I can’t take that on with everything else). So what would be a good approach for something in between. The two approaches I thought of are:
- SSB Low Volume 1 - but add in a 45-60 min easy zone 1/2 aerobic workout (e.g. Carter or Petit) in between or right after the two mid-week workouts.
- SSB Mid Volume 1 - drop one of the Saturday or Sunday workouts each week. Since SSB MV1 usually has a mid-week lower TSS easier ride, this approach would be very similar to option 1 above
or am I underestimating the LV plan and I should just start there and work through it, and maybe add in an extra ride in those weeks when I really feel like I’m not getting enough adaptive stress in the 3 rides per week?