I’ve never been very good at following a training plan, I tend to be sporadic in my input hours and struggle to consistently schedule in the sessions. Plus I usually prefer to just ride my bike.
The two times I have managed to complete a proper plan I’ve had great results. First I tried Graeme Obree’s method (a basic but hard winter turbo training plan) and more recently the Zwift Academy four week plan. Apart from that, I’ve improved by enjoying the ride and pedalling a little harder each time!
Recently Direct Power Coaching were offering their “FTP Challenge” plans out for free, so I imported one into Training Peaks to check it out.
From what I can see it’s a basic low cadence strength, sweetspot, leg speed combo with some core work thrown in. I would need to tweak it to fit to my time schedule plus add some strength and upper body conditioning (looking too much like a cyclist these days). Now if I can figure out how to import those workouts into Zwift I’ll be set!
Do you follow a training plan? Or just ride?