I have been racing road, crit, and triathlon for the last two years recreationally. This year I decided to start setting some goals and getting some structure, so I purchased Joe Friel's Cycling bible. I've been reading through and have been getting lot's of ideas, but I keep having the same question that he doesn't answer.
It seems like all of the training guides I've read assume you only bike so you can race. I also commute by bike 20-30km every day with a single speed. How can this affect training? Is it just extra volume and pure benefit, or could I be hurting myself by doing cycling that is not a part of the training plan?
Does anyone else both train and commute? How do you ensure you can train to your best and still have energy left over for the commute?
Note: I do not enjoy training while I commute, stops and starts and no control over pacing don't seem like good things to train with.