I have been going a little square eyed with trying to read and digest all of the information and ensure I get it correct prior to commencing my training block, however I am a wee bit confused and inundated with new info so apologies if this is answered elsewhere.
I would ideally like to take up the option of cross training (cycling) for the shorter weekend run. This combats some of my health issues alongside continuing an activity that my partner and I enjoy doing together on the weekend.
My question is this: am I able to lengthen the time of this cross train, particularly given that we are doing extremely easy cycling (mostly Z1 with a little creep into Z2 in the cycling zones, not running zones which are much higher!) more into the 60 minute zone or should we stick with the suggested 30 minutes?
LK, thanks for checking in! For sure, you can extend the duration of the cross training sessions. All easy is great, but if you were to make the “perfect” addition of 30 more minutes, you’d add 6 minutes (20%) of that 30 as moderate to high intensity. This would maintain the 80/20 ratios that we have built into your plan.
Do you need to add that intensity? No. It will just change your intensity balance by a small, small %, and we’d rather have athletes at 81/19 than 79/21.