How to approach plan with cross training? (which level)

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    Hi all, I did the Starting Over plan (post-injury) and since then have been running 3/days a week & indoor cycling 3 days/week, everything in HR Zone 2. (I also do 3 days of strength training overlapping the cardio days, in case that matters). I’m at the point where I’d like to start to work in some non-Z2 training, so have been looking at various plans like the maintenance one, the racing weight one and the run faster one.

    But my question is, if I know I want to continue with the 3 days of running, 3 days of cycling, should I be looking at a plan that has six days of running and just replace 3 foundation runs with Z2 cycling? Or should I be going for the plan with the least days of running and just add cycling to the rest days?

    Does it even matter? 🙂 Thank you for your input!


    Coming back from an injury is a bit tricky and every athlete is unique. It seems like you have already done some work with the Starting Over plan, therefore have developed a good base.

    As a coach, I would have more questions about your injury and the time frame, what your goals are, etc. Personally, I err on the side of caution with an athlete that has a history of injuries, so I would be more comfortable with offering a game plan once I have more information.

    We have several coaches at 80/20 Endurance that can do a consult with you if you are interested!

    Coach Anne

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