This a very interesting thread as we are all facing this issue at some point. I also need help !
I was flying in April and May and after the Pfizer vaccine I am strugling to find back my form. I took multiple easy weeks and I mange to get back to an acceptable level. However, as soon as I resume training hard, I felt exhausted again. In summary this is what happened:
I was collecting ~800TSS weeks in April mostly Z2. Did my 4hours PR on the 2nd of May.
Got Pfizer 1st shot on the 12th and feel really tired.
I continued to push through May (~600TSS) mostly Z2 and some tempo. I did some good performances. I also did a 220km ride at the end of that month and feeling great.
Because I was starting to feeling tired in June, I back off to 400, 500 TSS week but adding some intensity. I was hoping to collect the benefit of the base works done in April an May. However, I felt empty the whole month and that start with the vaccine shot.
I was feeling great again in the fisrt week of July. Did some PR (10min Power) again and increase the load to 700 and 600 TSS weeks.
Got my 2nd Pfizer shot on the 7th of July, this time I intentionally back off to prevent collapsing again. Did 2 weeks at 450TSS and still felt miserable.
Fisrt week of August, I was feeling okish again so I did one good week in preparation for a race plus 1 week taper. In the week leading to the race, I manage to do my all time 5min power by a large margin . However, my race was awful as I was not able to put down the number I am used to, and I now feel totally exhausted.
My next race is in 2 weeks and my A event is in 1 month from now. Honestly, I felt way better in May than during the whole summer always trying to recover or regain shape. Any suggestions on how I should approach the next race and my A event?
My feeling is that the vaccine shots affected my recovery. I was still able to deliver good power when fresh but I lost the sustainability that I developed during the spring.
I have planned 2 days off and will resume with low intensity at the end of the week. Should I focus on intensity and skip long ride? I am lost and need help