I have a peculiar cadence to my training, and I thought I’d crowdsource some feedback on how best to go about it.
Due to the nature of my job, I travel almost every week – generally Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. As such, I find myself cramming my TR work into the weekends, Fridays and Monday (also, sometimes Thursdays when I arrive back home…but that’s a 50/50 proposition).
This has worked fairly well for me so far, as my FTP has gone from 264 --> 271 --> 280 --> 285 --> 289 in the last 6 months. I have completed SSBLV1 & SSBLV2 and am right in the middle of General Build LV1.
However, given the fact that I train for 4 consecutive days – but also the nature of how I always have 3-4 days of recovery built in after each training block, I’m wondering if I’m training as effectively as I could be.
I’m thinking of changing my training cadence to the following pattern, and would welcome any thoughts:
Day 1: Vo2 workout - 60-75 mins
Day 2: Threshold or SweetSpot – 90 mins
Day 3: SweetSpot – 60-75 mins
Day 4: Endurance or Recovery – 60-75 mins
Day 5: rest
Day 6: rest
Day 7: rest or jog for 30 mins
If I have a consistent pattern of 4 days on, 3 days off – would this be the most effective way to go about it? Also, I would continue to mix in a recovery week every 4th week like the training plans prescribe.
I’ll also note that I’m 44 years old, and have a 3.6 w/kg. My current FTP of 289 is an all time high.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.