I would like to do an intermediate All-Purpose Road plan and incorporate strength. The options I have are (1) indoor and outdoor, (2) indoor only, (3) indoor only with strength. But what I want is indoor + outdoor + strength. So, I selected the indoor + outdoor option, which says in its Special Notes “This plan is designed specifically to incorporate our SUFSTR training progression”, and added “Beginner 1-2” strength cross-training. So far, so good.
However, when I look at my calendar there are a few clashes between the strength training and the cycling. For example, week 1 Thursday is strength + Chores, week 2 Tuesday is strength + Butter, week 5 Tuesday is strength + Nine Hammers (!). So it seems that the strength workouts are not really coordinated with the cycling ones - according to the documentation you should avoid doing strength training on the same day as heavy aerobic workouts.
I think I can move the problematic strength workouts around to make them fit in better with the cycling ones, but it’s a little disappointing that I need to do this since the plan is supposedly already optimised for strength cross-training. Or maybe I should choose a different plan - but I’m not really sure what to choose. The Full Century plan schedules everything nicely, and I am actually hoping to do a century ride in 3 months, but that plan needs around 10 hours/week training, vs the intermediate road plan’s 5-7 which is more realistically what I can commit. Or, maybe I am missing something.