Question: I work 12 hour shift work in a busy ICU as a nurse practitioner 3 days a week. This leaves me free during the week to train. Weekends are usually for family and work. My “group rides” are usually just me doing a long ride during the week 2-4 hours with a 10mile:1000ft climbing ratio. This day is random (it can come on any day of the week). I love these rides. How would you structure my week knowing my group ride is during the week. Should I swap a ride on, for example, wednesday for Saturday or just move the weekend schedule to Tuesday/Wednesday?
I am 47 years old and have been cycling consistently for the last 2 years living in San Francisco, East Bay area. The first year I just rode to train for endurance and to complete the Death Ride in California (130miles, 15K climbing). In the last 6 months I have been focusing on intervals and more structured training since having minor knee surgery in March and have seen my FTP go up from 250->284. I have just started the intermediate Off-seasn/On-season resistance 32 week training plan. I have several questions that I will post intermittently. I can workout 4-5 times per week with 3-4 trainer rides (1-1.5hours on a Peloton) and one longer ride (2-4 hours).
Data: FTP 284 (on a Peloton- don’t roll your eyes, it is what it is), 79 kg with only 3-4kg to lose
Background: cycling for last two years, interval training last 6months. Better than average athlete, Ex professional soccer player 25 years ago, rock climbed religiously at a decent level until school, work, family made it challenging.
Immediate Goals: 4W/kg which translates to 300-310 FTP, Improve my climbing ability, PR local climbs on strava, hang-on on the group rides with my strong friends, do a few organized rides/Fondos next year, and a long gravel ride.
I ride road (with a power meter) and gravel/dirt (no power meter yet). I enjoy the process and love getting stronger. I considered racing here and there but unsure of how it will all play out with Covid next season.