Yeah – strange I know, but the first day was a scheduled day off… presumably to let you sit and read what you’re getting yourself into, then shit yourself.
Actually, it’s not THAT bad, it’s basically a fairly gentle Century Ride Builder program – the basic workouts are scheduled pretty “hard and fast” with the week commencing on a Tuesday (yes, I know,I know…) with a rest day, followed by a base session Wednesday, a gap on Thursday, and another base on Friday, gap Saturday, long ride Sunday and recovery ride Monday. The distance and duration of these rides basically ramp up for the next 8 weeks. Along with these static rides, there are a few “discretionary” sessions – once a month, there’s a FTP test to drop in, ideally on one of the “gap” days, and also a number of higher intensity sessions, again of rising training stress which are more specific to the Turbo – so, to make the most of outdoor riding, if it’s poor weather on a “base session” day, it’s okay to “nudge” the base onwards to the gap day, just making sure that there’s never more than 3 days consecutive of riding. It sounds a bit messy, but it’s the only kind of plan that’ll work for me, a reactive one…
Here’s hoping the weather is relatively kind – doing some of the “base” sessions on the Turbo holds little appeal.
Anyhoo – to todays ride… Strava for it is here – basically, just a 30km ride, trying as hard as possible to keep power at Z4 or under for the duration. Didn’t QUITE manage it, frankly, it’s a wee bit hilly around here to be able to do that for a big lad – but less than 11 minutes of the 1h33m ride were over the cut-off point, basically just the odd short sharp rise that given how much I weigh, I simply CAN’T get over even in bottom gear without pushing more torque through the cranks than i’m allowed!.