Not sure if here or the training logs section is best but this isn't specific to me and I won't be logging anything.
I'm working on my 2011 training plan and want to make sure I have a "good winter". I want to develop strength, flexibility and general condition so it'll include weight training, core work, stretching, swimming and running.
I'm very confused as to the correct approach (if there is one) and how to achieve balance?
General goal is to have a successful season of A4 (maybe A3) road racing.
My main concern is about intensity and rest:
Joe Friel has led me to believe that my heart rate shouldn't go out of zone 2 until well after christmas yet I see people are doing intervals and hill repeat session tues and thursdays and other people are murdering themselves on the turbo watching sufferfest videos.
Should I do weight training on a rest day or combine it with a cycling/running/swimming workout and when do my legs get to recover after lifting weights?
Should I cycle 6 days a week easy or do 3 short hard spins and long easy spin? Are LSD miles on lots of short spins (commuting) equivalent to the same distance over 2 weekend club spins?
What has worked for you over the years? What has not worked? What are you confused about?
Let's talk it over.....