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Advice About Maintenance Plan

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    Mike Murrow
    Participant

    Thank you so much for the maintenance plan. A little background for context. Im 46 and started running maybe 9 months ago, mostly trails. I got up to 20-30 miles
    A week. No plan, I would just head out and run until I couldn’t any more, or needed to go home. My farthest run was about 16 miles. After a 50k I was training for was cancelled I figured I would try a real plan and found the maintenance plan. Ok, now to my question. I do body weight excercise on the weekdays (before SIP I was a powerlifter) and along with my runs. I crave more physical activity. Is there any harm in riding my aerodyne bike a few days a week along with running on the same days? The reason I ask is I’m gaining a bit of weight and fear I’m losing some fitness.

    Thanks again, sorry for the rambling question!

    #7726
    David Warden
    Keymaster

    Mike, thanks for checking in with us! Almost certainly no harm at all in adding your cycling. Be aware of two components:

    1. Monitor your cycling intensity so that you are maintaining close to the 80/20 ratio with this additional volume. Just think 12 minutes per additional hour of moderate to high intensity.

    2. More than 10 hours of training a week for more than 6 months starts to become too much, but a 1-2 week break occasionally will take care of that. This is more of an common issue for triathletes, so you’re probably OK.

    David

    #7728
    Mike Murrow
    Participant

    Hi David,

    Thanks for a reply, and on the weekend no less!

    That’s great to hear. You confirmed my suspicions but I’m no expert here so I’m glad I asked. I read on another forum question that the plan, while low in milage, will increase someone’s base speed so I didn’t want to just bump up the length of the runs. Being able to add in 12min/1hr low intensity/high intensity on the stationary bike is great.

    Thanks again.

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