Thank you for the response! I was curious because I know that with structured more focused training there are reasons why it’s structured the way it is.
The reason I’m asking, is because I used to workout at the gym (stretching, free body, weights, machines and cardio), 4 times per week plus ride outdoors the remainder of the week. That riding usually consisted of crit training, group and solo rides, centuries or further, (all typically full gas for many miles and hours). With that in mind and full disclaimer, I wasn’t speed racer, lucky to place decently in a sanctioned crit race in CAT5 or time trial, and it’s usually a struggle to keep up with the group on a 50+ mile ride that they do in about 2 hours pushing 250+ watts. They’re averaging 20+ miles per hour, while I’m doing about 17-19 (off the back or in front on my turn), and averaging 200’ish watts with sprints and hills over 500 watts. I was always striving for it, but never obtaining it.
I’m a muscular build and my lowest cycling weight was 185, although I usually did better at about 190-200 lbs. I had endurance and power on tap, but had a ton of trouble with with the group’s surges, faster than I could bare hill climbs etc. I’m 55 years old and running at 190+ bpm to catch those guys isn’t smart. The older riders that were masters somehow accomplish these feats while maintaining 135-145 bpm. My threshold is like 155 so I’m constantly blowing up and recovering on these rides.
In shape 2019 (I’m the taller guy)…
Don’t even want to share a photo now lol.
Currently after a season off, working from home and recovering from Covid, I’m 30 lbs over ideal and trying to recapture lost fitness, not just for me personally, but so I can hang with the club this season.
However, if I was overtraining then I want to end that and focus on being a better cyclist using 4DP.
I’m tempted to add all the training Sufferfest has to offer, but not if it’s going to be counter productive.
I know that was a long answer, just trying to figure out how to use all the features to benefit the greatest.