I've just completed "Base" training (12 weeks of mostly SST & Endurance rides), and I am now moving into a 5 week "Build" phase. My plan is to ride Tue, Wed, Thu, and then do a hard group ride on Sunday.
My Tue-Thu plan is as follows:
Tue - ~ 20-25 mins of Vo2 - 5x4 or 5x5 + Additional Coggan L2/L3 miles = ~ 250 TSS
Wed - 2x20 TH + Additional Coggan L2/L3 miles = ~ 150 TSS
Thu - 1x45-60 SST + + Additional Coggan L2/L3 miles = ~ 225 TSS
Sun - Group Ride = ~ 300-350 TSS
In years past I've always taken an easy day between harder Tue/Thu workouts. I'm curious as to how others have approached resting/pushing themselves between harder workouts and what they observed in terms of performance later on.
Were you able to do higher quality work by resting between harder days?
Or did you see a better long-term payoff by pushing yourself using an approach similar to the Tue-Wed-Thu plan above?
Last, would you flip the Wed Thu wkts. given an SST ride "feels" easy compared to a 2x20 @ TH?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts/insights you might have.