Failing workouts - take a week off
My FTP is dropping - take a couple of weeks off and start again
I’m not making any progress - drop the intensity or take a week off
Look up solution A,B or C - start training
I’ll keep training until my vacation - then fit the break in there
There must be a more scientific way to gauge when and how long you need to recover or take a break
None of us like to face the fact that our FTP might tank
Few like any sort of testing
But maybe assessment workout that are not all about FTP might be the answer
Something that tests all aspects of training over a time period (a week) that can truly reflect your state of fitness
The ramp tests are great - but don’t seem to take into account all the variables that life brings over the training program
Yes - the training plans have generalised recovery weeks.
Yes - most of us know when we’ve overstepped the mark
Yes - its a really complex thing
But it would be so much easier if there were a metric that checked your progress
and had some sort or marker for over/under stressing
The past 3 years on TR I’ve made progress - some years more than others
This year has been great - but again I hit a point where I just needed to stop
Like most people here - my nature is to push on
and yet again I did - and yet again I needed to stop - really stop and do something else!
We really should have more science dedicated to recovery as to that thing of all focus - FTP.