I had been lurking anew.
I have been perusing my copy of The Complete Book of Long Distance Cycling as I prepare for a double century. The book details a plan to get me there, and I am doing well following the program. Interestingly, there is only day of zone 3 training per week, and that leaves me underwhelmed since it's zones 2 and 1 for the other 5 days of training. By the way, authors Ed Pavelka and Ed Burke define zones 2 and 3 to be 65-84% and 85-94% of max heart rate.
It's not that I find zone 3 easy. I find it excruciating when it combines with intervals at zone 4. I was just used to feeling more spent on more days when I trained kickboxing, which I realize involves different muscle groups and energy systems.
Since I have no kids and, for the time being, no work, I have enviable amounts of time and energy. I have also had enough base miles.
Next year, I plan to race in long-distance events for the fun of finishing well, and that is my primary goal.
Given my predicament, here is my question: Would it be inadvisable for me to begin a full-body "home workout" program à la P90x? I would schedule things such that I would not have to do a lower-body strength workout or plyometrics the day I am supposed to be resting from the previous day's zone 3 ride. I have been noticing that my upper body is losing its robustness, and I have always had great success with strength training and plyometrics.
I am 24.
Enjoy the day. Thanks for your insight.