I’m after a bit of advice on behalf of my wife. She is currently working her way through the Olympic Distance LV plan and is really struggling with the VO2 workouts, so much so , she is demoralised now when she sees she has one scheduled.
For a very brief bit of background for context, she used to have a very full on stressful job/career, and as a result wasn’t physically active for many years. A career/lifestyle change saw her surprise everyone (especially me!) by entering a sprint triathlon. She loved it and has been doing sprints since. She decided to move up to olympic this year but was persuaded to also enter a half ironman by friends in her club. A few of them signed up to a coaching service but (like so many) it turned out to be a negative experience, one example when asking a question was to be told ‘man up Princess’. Whilst she is still going to attempt the half ironman she is doing it only for the experience now and whatever will be, will be.
After discussing it we decided she should focus on her original goal of the Olympic distance event and as time was tight she went into the build plan. The swimming is easy for her, the runs (or shuffles as she calls them) are getting done, but the bike VO2 sessions are beyond her. One thought I have had is to replace them with sweetspot workouts instead, as she has no desire to be competitive, just to complete the distance. My thinking is that building up the amount of time/duration in this zone will at least give her a solid aerobic fitness for her event.
I’d really welcome any other ideas or indeed experiences of how others have tweeked the plans to get them through their events. Many Thanks.