What is the best way to replace a weekend group ride by an indoor session? Due to very bad weather there won’t be a group ride this weekend but with what kind of indoor session should I replace this workout?
You could try a Zwift race or group ride if you have that option. That is a great replacement. We like the freestyle effect of a group ride so you don’t get burnt out on looking at a timer.
The type of workout depends on the type of group ride you are trying to replicate. We have sweet spot group rides or attack style group rides. One is for aerobic fitness and the other is for interval training. Then there is the question of what part the season are you in. If you are in Fall foundation or early resistance training you can keep the indoor training short such as an hour.
Just do some tempo / sweet spot to get the TSS up to 60 - 80 and call it a day. We don’t like our athletes who are on a more road calendar (racing March - September) to be spending too much time on the trainer in late September to December.
But most of the time it just comes down to get as much work in during a short period of time. Some great workouts are sweet spot burst, sweet spot over under or crisscross workouts. Most likely you have seen these in your plan. By doing burst, over unders or crisscross you mimic the varied pace of a group ride and also help the time pass on the trainer by constantly changing the pace and effort.