Old 01-05-22, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by downtube42
For a few years I participated in the National 24 hour challenge in Michigan, as well as doing rando rides. I targeted 400 miles, and got there after 4 years. Then I quit ultras.

It was a learning experience, but my main takeaway is that I enjoy what serious ultra riders call garbage miles - LSD. I live for garbage miles. I train so the garbage miles will be more fun. A great 1200 for me is one where I ride quickly, do non-sleep controls quickly, sleep lots, and stop at every bakery and roadside stop that appeals to me at the moment. Lon Haldeman's advice sounds like a tolerable training strategy to me. I'm probably never going to be a numbers guy.
Most FTP and VO2 max studies are based on relatively short duration experiments. How many look at years? None that I can recall. Here is a coach/physiologist with a case of an athlete who responded very well to "junk"miles. Couzens had a few posts showing that some respond better to intensity and some to volume. So.....in defense of junk rando miles.....

https://simplifaster.com/articles/ho...le-is-vo2-max/
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