Hi, I just started the “Hilly Gran Fondo” training plan on Feb 22 with an event date set for May 16. I have a few questions about adjusting the plan as we move into Spring here in Georgia.
My club will be starting group rides in 2 weeks after the time change. I love my group rides and I can’t see missing them for the next 2.5 months. I’d like to do at least 1 ride during the week but all the weekday cycling training is SUF videos. Is it ok to skip a video day for an outdoor group ride and if so, are there any adjustments to the rest of the week that I need to make because of it?
Most weekends usually have 1 Endurance outdoor ride either on Saturday or Sunday. Again I like to do longer group rides on Saturdays with my friends. If the plan calls for the Endurance ride on Sunday, is it ok to switch the Saturday/Sunday workouts?
I have never ever in 30 years of cycling done a training plan. My old school way of “training” for a hilly century was to just ride as many miles and hills as possible. There are a couple of long rides towards the end of the plan of maybe 4.5 hours (that’s about 70 miles for me) but I’m concerned about the overall volume of saddle time. Has anyone completed this plan and then done their Gran Fondo and had any issues?