This is yet another question about SS and weight lifting, this time for ultra-endurance riding. I am doing SS Base 1, mid-volume, supplemented by one day/week of very hard lifting. The latter is non-negotiable bc I am rebuilding after a serious knee injury, which left me w a much weakened right leg. I find that, vis-a-vis muscle fatigue, the lifting is equivalent to an additional sweet spot workout, so I put it Wednesday morning, followed by the endurance-active recovery ride Wednesday night. But I am finding it hard to complete the Saturday threshold workouts, and sometimes even the Sunday sweet spot workout. I find I can do about two-thirds of the weekend workouts at target.
Before stating my question, here are my goals and profile: I am a 59 y.o. male, FTP 247, training for a x-country trip at 115 mi/day. My ultimate goal is x-country @ 150 mi/day @ ~ 17.5 mph. Don’t ask why, it’s a thing w me. I have done many multi-day rides but these will bump up the volume. I am not a racer and do not want to become one. I consider myself an endurance athlete.
So here is my question:
Should I: 1) drop some sweet spot workouts down to tempo or even endurance; 2) shorten the SS or threshold workouts but keep them at the target rates?; or 3) combine these two approaches by, eg, aiming for the lowest SS targets—88% instead of 94?; 4) something else altogether?
Thank you. I am very grateful for any wisdom, and a great believer in TR and this forum, both of which I have found exceedingly useful.
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