Last week (week ending August 10th) I cycled 300 miles mostly doing long endurance rides. Longest ride was 93 miles. This week I began to change training strategy and cycled only 170 miles including one long ride of 99 miles.
One change is to do more high intensity rides some even on a trainer. I have been building endurance for so long that my upper end power has declined considerably. So I have to get back to the hard, painful task of intervals, tempo and threshold work.
I also am adding more running. Cycling has made me so one dimensional--straight ahead--that I think I am out of balance. Running will certainly help build a different set of muscles and add aerobic work.
For more aerobic work I am also going to start swimming. I am looking for a coach so that I re-learn to swim properly and efficiently.
Add to running and swimming more strength and flexibility work and my weekly training time will go up from around 17 hours.
And since I am running and going to start swimming, I am seriously considering training for an Ironman. Surprisingly, the few people who know of this thinking do not think I am crazy but are fully supportive.
I think I am crazy.