Hi TR Team
I’m looking for some advice.
I appreciate how important Z2 endurance is and how it can improve base when time permits. My life just does not permit me to week on week churn out 10+ hours. I’m wondering if I can mix things up a bit and still get some good endurance gains from this.
SSBLV1 6 weeks
SSBLV2 6 weeks
SPBLV 8 weeks
SSBLV2 1 week
Climbing RR Speciality 8 weeks
The above has been worked out with plan builder but with being LV the midweek sessions are x2 with an hour intense.
I was planning on adding 1 hour of endurance to each of those sessions at 60-65%ftp to add a couple of hours to my TSS week in Z2
The weekend x 1 workout for 90 minutes will likely turn into an outdoor 4/5 hour Z2 with some efforts.
This is the crazy bit…
After each rest week I was thinking of adding (shoehorning) an additional 20 hour week of Z2 in before resuming with the more intense 3 week cycle of intense stuff the following weeks that would normally follow the rest week. This would be cyclical after every rest week up until about Climbing RR Speciality where intensity would be even higher so I’d lay off the volume a bit. I would take one day off on holiday from work every week that would require 20 hours Z2 to allow me to fit in a couple of big days on the saddle.
My thinking is that I’m making it more of a high volume training period but with LV workouts and only Z2 added to this.
Would a 20 hour Z2 week every 5 weeks carry any benefit for good base with my 2 extra hours bolted on to normal weeks?
Should I cut out a weeks intense training and do the Z2 every 4 weeks after rest week?
Sorry, I know there is a bit to chew here, I hope it makes sense.
What I am trying to do is get as much Z2 in (if it’s worthwhile) whilst maintaining the goals of the LV TR plan. There is no doubt the mitochondria benefits from Z2 are different to those gained from intense workouts, I’m striving for both! There is the obvious risk of being tired and not managing the intense stuff making non if it worthwhile!
Many thanks for taking the time to read, please tear this idea apart as you see fit.