I started the Half Distance High Volume last week. I’m about 10 seasons into triathlons (with a few 70.3’s and a full under my belt). Since the long run and long ride are generally two of the more difficult workouts from a TSS and recovery standpoint, I’ve tried a couple different strategies
- Move the long run to midweek so it’s separated from the long ride
- Do the long run on Saturday then the the long ride on Sunday. The thought behind this is it’s a little less likely to lead to injury as I’m not trying to do a long run on tired legs on the last day of a training week
I get that there is a school of thought that in the race you are running on tired legs, so get used to it. However when it has come up on the ST forum in the past, a number of individuals recommend doing the long run before the long ride. Jordan Rapp (ex-pro) made the comment at one time that no-one needs practice running crappy.
However this, most plans that I see out there still have the long ride on Saturday and long run on Sunday. The TR Half plan being one of them. So my plan is to just swap the two days. The only thing I wonder is am I affecting anything by doing so. As it is set up, Thursday and Friday are often 60-90 minute sweet spot rides and then Saturday is the 2.5-3 hour ride. So 3 of the 4 rides for the week (accounting for >80% of the bikes weekly TSS) are in those three days in a row. By separating that long ride from the two am I messing with anything? ie would I be better off leaving the the bike days where they are so 80+% is condensed into those three days?