I'm just getting started with this. i've got a couple of really good books, Cycling Fitness and Base Building for cycling, both are very well written and easy to understand. My question is, I am not interested in racing or any type of competition, I'm interested in century's, touring and multi day events like Bike Across Kansas. Now I know that some work in Lactate Thresholds and Strength and Speed and TT and Hills are needed for a well rounded level of fitness, but should I spend as much time and effort on them as the books suggest?
Here's what I'm thinking, they state that the first level should be aerobic (endurance) for about 8-12 weeks, remember this is a beginner, followed by strength then lactate threshold. I'm thinking on working the endurance for the 12 weeks and then start mixing in a couple days of strength every week for a month then mixing in some lactate workouts.
What I'm trying to say is, yes that part of the training is needed, just not so much when considering the goals I have. Am I just suffering from a major brain fart or is this heading in the right direction?