just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
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For years I've done the group ride alternative. I use a recording, downloading HRM and just look at my time-in-zone. If it's about what the program calls for, just from the group rides, I don't do any high HR intervals. If I'm shy, I do them. However I still work the fundamentals on my own: FastPedal, one leg pedaling, muscle tension intervals, zone 1 recovery, all the usual stuff, along with the usual solo base miles.
But that means I'll use different group ride strategies during the pre-season. Sometimes I'll get on the front and pull for 15 minutes, fast enough so no one goes around me. Sometimes I'll sit in. Sometimes I'll do hill sprints and dawdle until the pack comes up. These aren't necessarily the most social things one can do, so one has to watch out for the feel of the pack. Don't want to turn it into a race simulation, either. It's just training, and supposed to be fun for everyone. But mostly, the climbs take care of any high HR work you need to do.
I read the book, too. But I don't race. I just like to ride fast with my buds and not get dropped. OTOH, they don't want to get dropped, either, so we have fun. So that's my racing substitute. If I trained exactly like in the book, I couldn't have my fun on the weekends all winter and spring. Summer is for just plain hard rides where we do what we can, what we've prepared to do with our little training rides rather than doing solo intervals.
But I use that book, other materials, and my logs to decide what I need to work on during any given week. Probably more answer than you wanted, but wanted to lay out another approach to training.