Once you've chosen the Plan itself, it is time to determine what Volume is right for you. Each plan has a High, Mid, and Low Volume version, and the version you choose will largely depend on a few key factors: time availability, lifestyle stressors, training history, age, and recovery profile.
As you increase the volume of the plans, the time commitment also increases, which can bring about incompatibilities with your schedule. Take a look at each plan and make sure that you will be able to realistically complete the rides in your available time slots without compromising other important aspects of your life.
Not only do you need to have enough time to complete the training, but you also need to have enough time to properly recover between sessions. Small children keeping you awake at night, strenuous or stressful jobs, and any other major responsibilities will cut down on your ability to recover properly and may require a reduction in training volume. Also, keep in mind that athletes of different ages and health levels will recover at different rates, so it is important to listen to your body when starting a new plan.
Training History/ Experience
Your ability to manage and productively adapt to and absorb training stress increases through years of structured training. Through consistent, properly progressed training, your body grows and adapts to the point that it can handle higher volume plans.
Takeaway: Your ideal plan volume has a few key factors such as time, stress levels and experience. If you are on the fence between two plans, it is better to start with the lower volume plan and increase the volume if you are feeling under-challenged.