After reading through the recent topic that Long slow distance miles are junk miles, it got me thinking about my current training regime.
I’m in the middle of mid volume general build now after completing base and doing various trainerroad/sufferfest training since February.
I’m lucky enough to live in western Australia where we haven’t had any impact from covid (yet?!). My A race is a teams road race in early november. Ftp is up from 230 to 290 so far.
I have the plan set up so I do 4 rides during the week before work and then a longer Sweet spot on the weekend which I typically don’t do but do a group ride or solo ride.
I don’t have a power meter so I can’t do outside workouts but my plan was throughout September and October ramp up these weekend rides to the 5 or 6 hour timeframe and then do consecutive weekend days of these longer rides while also completing the mid volume program during the week.
From what I can find it seems that sweet spot is designed to achieve the same target as a longer slow ride but in less time. I’ve seen a few people say that the fitness gained through sweet spot is lost faster with time off the Bike but this could be just perception based on a few experiences
I’m hoping that the LSD rides will help generally build endurance but my bodies ability to be on the bike for long periods and contribute to an overall improvement in fitness and ftp.
Has any one experience or advice for including LSD rides with intervals or a TR plan?