I’ve been doing a HV plan since the middle of November with my major A races coming up in April, June (State TT), and September (Lotoja). The HV plan has been great since I began since I’ve only ridden outside a few times (thanks to snow/freezing temps/salt on the roads). Consistent SS rides are my jam (almost literally, because I can eat jam on toast while riding inside) and I have seen tremendous progress doing consistent training.
But now that I can ride outside, I want to start doing longer easy rides more often (I can do consistent 2-3 hour trainer rides, but no way am I doing 5 hours on the trainer once a week). Because of this, I need to focus my training indoors on 3 or so quality hard sessions a week (threshold/V02 efforts). As I get closer to LOTOJA later this year the long rides become increasingly important.
I ask if it would be a good idea to shift my plan from high volume to low or mid because of two conflicting ideas:
- the podcast has mentioned numerous times people saying ‘the plan has worked well so I should probably change everything now’. Basically, don’t mess with something that works, so why change?
- Why change? Well, keeping the HV workouts and just adding lots of volume will equal burnout (hello 1000+ TSS week norms).
Basically-I don’t want to mess with what works, but at the same time, I want and need to get outdoors for a couple of longer rides each week, and just doing that on top of a standard HV plan seems too much for anyone but robots.
Any thoughts on this? And if it might be a good idea to bump my plan to only show me 3 or 4 super quality workouts to leave a couple of days free for long rides, how would I actually do that within the app? I started my current plan in November through planbuilder and have my races set in the calendar. Any advice is quite welcome. Cheers!