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Joel -

You've highlighted a very valid problem that many friends I train with face.

Still, I also train with a few younger retirees who have the opposite problem of too much available training time but a much lower tolerance for workouts that could result in longer term damage to knees/hips/shoulders.

Although I have several friends in that situation who rack up 400+ miles/week on their bikes, I'd think that there is there a point where adding more zone 1 & 2 workouts no longer benefits fitness (despite resulting in a higher CTL).

For those types of athletes who are looking to excel with the available time of a professional, but don't want to take on a professional plan's risk profile & intensity, how would you adjust your approach?

Maybe this question warrants a different article.


*Joe (not Joel - excuse the typo)

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