If you’re heading out of town as I am this week (for a wedding), it doesn’t leave you a lot of choices for training.
You can either bunch your training all together and lose the rest days, or you can have the best intentions of training on the road. Since I know how best intentions go, I jammed my training blocks together.
By the end of the block I was suffering some serious fatigue…just after four days. My top interval speed dropped. My average speed dropped. I could really see how even a single rest day would have helped.
The positive from doing it this way is more mental than physical. I am absolutely relaxed because I know my training is out of the way for the week. I’m not trying to dodge family and friends I haven’t seen in awhile just to squeeze in some intervals on unfamiliar roads.
I did bring my bike though, and when there was some down time I took my 3-year old for a ride on a nearby rail trail. And there was some free time for a mountain ride on a great trail at my destination. But nothing was shoehorned it, and nothing was forced.
Makes for a better week I think, and I am actually riding more.