Hi all! Thanks for starting the discussion Maya! I’m on the intermediate plan and super excited to get started. I’ve been an avid hiker/backpacker my whole life and just got into climbing/mountaineering a few years ago when I moved to Seattle. It’s very inspiring to hear everyone’s goals in this group 🙂
Until now I’ve mostly self-trained with mixed results. My goal has always been to just get out as much as possible on the weekends in increasing distance and length throughout the season. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results from a focused training plan like this. I’ve never done much strength training, so I think there is a lot to gain there.
One question I had was about overall training hours. I hike almost every weekend and will likely always be out longer than the scheduled sessions on Training Peaks on one day per week. Is it okay to have one longer aerobic day and 3 shorter days? Should I shorten the other days or eliminate one of the other days to make up for the one long day? Or is there a benefit to having 4 aerobic days? Just curious how to best to balance the longer day with the rest of the training.