I was just wondering about the issue of reaching your maximum available training time too early in a base building period, and how to continue programming for overload.
Due to work, life and more work commitments, I’ve found my maximum regular training capacity is around 10 hours a week, which constitutes, at the moment, about 80km of running and a couple of strength sessions.
I work 9 to 6, five days a week, generally like to get my training done in the morning with an after work recovery jog a couple of times a week (I’m on my feet all day apart from maybe 20 mins at lunch time and by the time I get home I’m generally not psyched for a big training session).
The event I’m training for is in mid August but I seem to have reached my maximum weekly potential already.
There are weeks I can push beyond these number (ie when I have a week of work, or even the occasional extra hard week when I am working) but I’ve found it to not really be sustainable.
Time seems to be the main pressure, obviously as my AeT slowly rises I will squeeze a few extra km into that 10 hour training window but I can’t see that being a massive increase week on week.
Any suggestions on how I can continue to work more overload into my training?
My thoughts so far are:
1) To progress on through your ME circuit in the mountain strong part 4 post.
2) Work more ascent into my runs (although, staying aerobic this often means I just cover less miles)
3) Continue the way I’m going and rely on the gradual increase in pace to up my mileage
3) suck it up and wake up progressively earlier to squeeze in the extra training.