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    Default Back to Back Days -- Block(head) training?

    In trying to get more volume in my training, I have taken to riding a few days in a row when I can.

    Realizing that real intensity is not good on consecutive days, my thought is that I can get a good amount of quality work (tempo, threshold, etc.) during a period where I am trying to work on endurance/weight management -- I have a few doubles to ride, but no real goals other than riding strong and finishing.

    This is probably a bad example, but last week I climbed about 30 thousand feet (almost like a mini-training camp) ... I could feel the fatigue but ended up setting a PR on a climb for the year on the seventh day of consecutive riding. This is probably because I do not often go all out on that climb as a test, but often do 2X20s ... still, it felt like a breakthrough, was great fun (and I lost a few pounds).

    Anyone else integrate block training and do it more systematically?

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    Default Re: Back to Back Days -- Block(head) training?

    My schedule kinda ebbs and flows with the tides, but it's something like:

    Monday: Off the bike, but 30-45 minutes of calisthenics/core
    Tuesday: 1-2 hours of hard group ride or intervals
    Wednesday: 1.5-2 hours of medium-endurance (my commute), plus 30-45 minutes of calisthenics/core
    Thursday: Threshold work, 'bout 1.5 hours.
    Friday: Off the bike, but 30-45 minutes of calisthenics/core
    Saturday: Race, ride, whatever, generally 2-5 hours of it.
    Sunday: Race, ride, whatever, probably 1.5-2 hours. Plus, brunch and a good, hearty one at that.

    Beer's in there, too.

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    Default Re: Back to Back Days -- Block(head) training?

    Like you said it comes down to goals.
    It is pretty easy to overtrain, especially as we get older if you let hours/volume become too important.
    That said- milage may be neccessary for you if you are doing doubles.
    I personally do better focusing on specific workouts and improving the work I do over time than how many hours I can put in.

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    Default Re: Back to Back Days -- Block(head) training?

    Quote Originally Posted by boots2000 View Post
    Like you said it comes down to goals.
    It is pretty easy to overtrain, especially as we get older if you let hours/volume become too important.
    That said- milage may be neccessary for you if you are doing doubles.
    I personally do better focusing on specific workouts and improving the work I do over time than how many hours I can put in.
    Yes, riding a double without doing at least a century prior is very tough on me. This year's Devil Mountain with at least 18,500 feet of climbing really hurt. When I rode the Mt. Tam Century last week, I felt great but could use a bit more endurance/efficiency for 200 miles. There is a big difference between surviving the last 50 miles and finishing strong.

    Also, block training realy helped when I went to Europe . Doing almost 50,000 feet of climbing in a week with at least one HC for six days running means you need to be able to recover and push through to have a good time.

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