With my courier job I get between 400 and 500 TSS a week with ~2h on the bike each day, 4 to 5 times a week.
Those ~2h usually include :
- 15 to 20 minutes of Z1,
- 1 hour of Z2
- between 30 and 50 minutes of Z3+Z4
- around 5 minutes of Z5 ( I usually get 2 to 3 shorts climbs which I’m forced to do above threshold )
Although it’s not structured training, do you think it is a good / decent way to build up my base ?
I’m having a hard time being able to compare training quality between structured training and “junk miles”.
If I add workouts, even with SSBLV, I build up too much fatigue and it gets too difficult to keep up.
So I don’t really have another choice than keeping structured training for build or specialty phase.
I’m only able to get 2, maybe 3 weeks a year completely off the bike ( at least 1 week during summer, and 1 week for christmas ).
Edit : With the 2h deliveries, and some on and off structured training ( in 2020 I did 2x 2 months of structured training : one time in february and one time in july, then some workouts here and there throughout the year ), I managed to get from 2w/kg to 2.7 w/kg in a year and a half.