As mentioned in my last blog post I’m taking a planned break from the race scene and therefore, a forced break from the race blogging. So instead, I’ve decided that now is a great time to answer some of the questions that I often get about my training. My plan is something that is always a work in progress and my coach and I are constantly dissecting it and tweaking it and really in the end these training plans eventually become quite a work of art.
How many hours per week do you have available to train?
When I first signed on with Matt and CTS in November 2012, I was asked in a questionnaire a simple question; "How many hours per week do you have available to train?" I remember thinking, wow, I actually have a say in this matter? My answer I believe at the time was 8-10 hours. Truthfully, I had a lot more time available than that as I had just recently put in 15-20 hour weeks training for an Ironman. However, I no longer wanted that lifestyle. I wanted balance. I made the decision that day to give cycling its “place” in my life. It felt incredibly empowering.
What does your training plan look like?
My plan is what I would like to label as "low volume, high intensity." I surprisingly don’t possess the OCD gene…although at times I really wish I did. As a result, I’m lucky to be working with a coach and an organization that that has compiled a significant amount of training data and research that proves that low volume, high intensity plans can work effectively, so long as they are applied appropriately.
|My personal plan differs from those plans in the above book, but similar methodology applies.|
How many days per week do you take off?
2 Days!! I take nearly every Monday and Friday off from training. Prior to working with CTS I was lucky to get 1 day off/week and at times I went 3 whole weeks without taking a single day off. I remember pushing back initially, expressing that 2 days was too many days off. Thank God it fell on deaf ears, because the positive impact these 2 days have had on my life is absolutely immeasurable. These free days allow me an opportunity to keep up with other aspects of my life that are important. It gives me time run errands, keep things in order and meet up with friends for happy hour. These free days also provide me the flexibility to move workouts around when a last minute work dinner or other obligation pops up. They allow me to keep balance.
Next week I plan to dive more into the heart rate vs. power meter questions as well as some tips on how to keep variety and focus your training.