mattheus wrote:One of the all-time great quotes, from (possibly) The all-time great!
There's a lot of truth in it - a mixture of hard, easy, long, short, plus rest is common to most effective programs; riders that do this without really planning to, often turn out very well trained and successful!
My little Pet Theory:
this idea of training for recovery - typically by back-to-back long/or/hard days - doesn't make sense to me. I haven't seen any internal process by which our bodies would adapt to this, and I haven't seen any papers on it. So there's a challenge for our training science geeks - prove me wrong!
Cycling uses your muscles in ways which are fairly unique to cycling. You engage the fast and slow twitch muscles pretty much according to how you cycle. The slow twitch fibres are the ones you want to engage more, in these types of effort, and they recover far more readily than the fast twitch fibres ( mostly down to the fact that blood / nutrient flow is superior in these muscles )So by back to back long ride training, you are encouraging dominance of the slow twitch fibres, and therefore better / quicker recovery.