Hi all. I’m new to this forum and hoping for a steer on a couple of things.
Number 1 - I have a TR plan that has me training indoors 2 x per week and a longer ride outdoors 1 x per week.
I struggle to stay compliant on TR on outdoor rides especially in winter when I am riding a CX bike with no power meter. In summer on my road bike I tried TR with my power meter a couple of time but also found it difficult to stay at the target zones – this was due mainly to the road / terrain getting in the way – i.e. it’s not just flat road with no interruptions allowing me to hit a target power – junctions, inclines / declines, etc. all seemed to work against me.
Does anyone have any tips for doing outdoor rides on “real world terrain / roads” that help stay reasonably compliant with the TR workout and avoid the above scenario?
Number 2 – On the one hand I want to stick to my TR plan so that I have some structure to my training and can hopefully make progress in a systematic way. The flip side of this is that I love just riding for pleasure / relaxation / to explore and just for the sake of riding my bike.
If I am following a TR plan then I have less chance to do these “un-structured” rides and after a while it starts to feel that I am just a slave to the plan and the numbers and it diminishes my overall riding pleasure.
My question is: Is it OK to ride outside of the TR planned days just for the sake of it or is this going to be counter-productive in terms of risk of over-training? – the additional TSS of an extra couple of rides will take me beyond the planned TR work load for that given week – which I am led to believe can be counter-productive. Does anyone else experience this and if so how do you get a balance between structured rides and riding just for the sake of it?
For context – I am a 54 year old rider, in reasonable shape, riding since I was a kid, I do road / gravel / MTB just for pleasure / fun with a few events sprinkled in over the season. I ride for pleasure / enjoyment and to keep fit and mobile more than anything so am not a super competitive racer or anything like that. I used TR last year and have seen gains in FTP that translate to easier / faster riding on the road and so I do want to continue with some form of structured training / riding.
Any pointers would be very welcomed.