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Three questions, two are training and the other is advice about fit.

1.) How important is it to have a very strict training schedule? Down here in Florida it's hurricane season and it always seems to start pouring at 4/5pm and I find that my ride schedule is determined by the weather more than anything else.


2.) How important is it to stick with strict intervals during my hard days? For "hard training days" I just do group rides that I can barely hang onto. For recovery days I either do a slow solo ride or sandbag. Doing solo intervals just seems so boring and on the fast group rides my HR monitor reports an average HR of 78% of max and a HR max of 95% (But the effort doesn't seem monumental, maybe it's the adrenaline of trying to chase down a breakaway that hides the burning associated with a HR of 95% of HR-max)

3.) I'm noticing some minor soreness in my left knee area, the first time it occured was after an especially hard weekend of riding. It wasn't so much pain as it was a slight discomfort when I extended my left leg fully, the site of discomfort was the back of my knee. It felt like the two ligaments (or tendons or whatever they are) were sort of snapping in and out of place. Wasn't painful but was uncomfortable.
And more recently after an especially long ride and a day of complete recovery (no riding or excercise) my left knee feels a bit sore. My right leg however is in tip top shape. My only guess would be that my left leg is ever so slightly shorter than my right. I had some pants tailored a few months ago and the tailor did measure both my legs and found that they are equal in length.
 

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1) The key to training is consistency- either ride in the rain or get a trainer
2) A group ride is ok for an occasional hard day, but it's also good to do some organized interval training. My usual plan is to use a group ride as an occasional substitute for a high intensity interval day. Most of my riding is solo, though.
3)I'm not a doc/PT/expert in this area, so I won't pretend to know what's wrong with your knee :wink5:
 

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1) Nobody has a completely rigid program. If there isn't a certain degree of flexibility, you'll find it impossible to do what you planned. If you ride thurs and take friday off or vice versa isn't a big deal, as long as you ride the intended amount. Like Andrea said, consistency.

2) What are you trying to do? Just get stronger? Compete in a race? Lose some weight? Group rides aren't interchangeable with intervals, but if your goals don't dictate intervals, you probably don't need to do them strictly.

3) Maybe your bike isn't completely symmetrical. Is the saddle ever so slightly tilted? Are the cleats in identical positions on both shoes? Maybe its like you said, a body imbalance, but one leg is stronger than the other. I'm not a doc though.
 
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