I am an experienced rider with a number of years of riding behind me. Up until last fall, riding has been done by feel and by available time. September marked the arrival of my power meters and everything changed! I spent the winter doing the TrainerRoad mid-volume base programs and am coming into the season as fit as I've ever been.
Now I am looking at a structured build program and trying to figure out how to fit it into my available time. I travel most weeks, M-Th but usually have my bike and trainer with me at the hotel. So here is what my time looks like:
Monday - open
Tuesday - open
Wednesday - open
Thursday - no riding due to travel and client time requirements
Friday - 60 minutes for trainer work, 45 minutes later in the day for a 10-15 mile ride outside
Saturday - 1.5-2 hours endurance ride
Sunday - 1 hour for a ride outdoors
As I go into the build phase, I want to do four days of intervals/structure with one long ride on Saturday to maintain aerobic endurance. Intervals will probably be on the trainer because I like the ability to fully control the variables. So the question: how to arrange this work? Ideally, I would do three hard days (mon-wed) accumulating 100 TSS or so per day. Thursday is total rest. Friday is another interval day with a TSS around 75.
Can the three straight days of structure be done without being counterproductive? There is no point in doing the work if I don't see a result! Or am I better off to do a hard day on Mon and Wed with an easy endurance spin on Tuesday? My motivation is to take advantage of that time spent in hotel rooms if I can.
Your feedback is appreciated!