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  • #19480

    devolikewhoa83
    Participant

    Hi all,

    I’ve been recently following the Cat 1 Build/Peak plan, and, while i like it, i find that certain of the blocks just have too much intensity for me. Specifically, the blocks that go (i) Pedaling Drills, (ii) Vo2Max intervals, (iii) Short track simulation, (iv) 15×30/30s, (v) openers, (vi) training race or race simulation.

    It was going well and I was progressing, but then the wheels fell off and i got sick and had to take an enforced 5-day or so break.

    This is fine, it doesn’t really set you back that much, but i think the issue is too much speed work. Recovering from speed work (in cross country, track, rowing or cycling) has always been my weakest link.

    So, is there a plan that might work better? Or alternatively I could take out one high intensity day and replace it with something else? What’s the best workout to sub, and what to sub with? I’m thinking of getting rid of short track (bc short track is not really a thing where i live) and replacing it with Zone 3 intervals or a zone 2 day.

    Thanks!

  • #19482

    Lynda
    Keymaster

    The 40+ Masters series plans have more recovery and the intensity days are spread further apart. This may be a better plan series for you.

    Also check in with your recovery habits, especially nutrition and sleep. There may be room for gains there.

    Short track is a good day to take out if you need more recovery. Replace it with a recovery day in Zones 1-2 or a day off the bike.

    Coach Lynda

  • #19485

    devolikewhoa83
    Participant

    Got it, thanks! I could probably do better sleep, but i think my nutrition overall is pretty good. Less coffee during teh day might help, especially after i’ve worked out. But some of these weeks still might be a lot for me.

    In terms of subbing out the workout, any problem with making it an endurance day rather than recovery? Like Zone 3 intervals, but not enough to really beat ya down?

    Other than that, i’ll check out the masters plans

    Thanks!

  • #19487

    Lynda
    Keymaster

    Follow the plan or make it a recovery day. Don’t add zone 3 work.

    Coach Lynda

  • #19490

    devolikewhoa83
    Participant

    Fair enough, and okay will do. I think i psychologically gravitate towards zone 3 because it “feels” like the right amount and kind of work. Probably before i had a power meter, i did way too much of it without realizing it.

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