I’m a 52 y/o mountain bike rider who doesn’t race. I kicked off my first trainer road program on January 1st, SSB1. I’ve completed SSB1, SSB2 and I’m now in the last work week of Short Power Build (all low volume).
Mentally I’m gravity focused. In reality, I trail ride which involves more time pedalling up than bombing down. Trainer road has really helped me enjoy my outdoor time a lot more as I’m climbing faster with less fatigue which allows me to open up on the descents.
I’d initially planned to go into the gravity speciality phase, as it’s how I think of myself. As I started to think about the riding I do, 1-2 hour rides with 70% of the time climbing, I started to think that maybe I should do Cross Country Olympic instead as it was a better reflection of the riding I was actually doing. It was then that I noticed the enthusiast plans.
One of the challenges that I found during the build phase was the ride durations increased and I’ve ended up cutting a number of sessions short due to time pressures. The enthusiast plans include a series of “Time Crunched” plans which look attractive from this perspective.
So … What are the disadvantages of the Time Crunched plans compared to, for example, the Cross Country Olympic plan? What are the tradeoffs between the 30-minute mid volume vs the 45-minute low volume Time Crunched plans?
Thanks in advance, Kevin.