I was going through my old pictures and came across this amazing photo of my training peaks account from 2017. Notice the CTL and ATL (Chronic Training Load and Acute Training Load) compared to the Training Stress Balance. I was in balance at a CTL of 100. That’s pretty crazy and it was that way all year long.
Back in 2017 when I was training for Dirty Kanza, I did huge volume at Submax or Low Tempo. So much so that I developed scar tissue on the front of my knee. At least 4 days a week I would do some grinding session that was steady power between 230 and 250 watts.
The problem was I would get dropped in group rides when the pace picked up for short periods. I could not cover the repeated attacks. But I could ride steady for 5 to 8 hours and grind anyone into oblivion. But who the hell wants to ride like that?
Over the last year I’ve changed my training, and have gotten a lot stronger. I ride less, but ride much harder. I never ride steady. Ever. I hope no one falls into my trap of thinking, steady, repeated, endurance riding will lead to immense strength. It will lead to injury. And it will convert your muscle fibers to Type 1 and they are hard to get back to Type 2.