At a bit of a decision point so would appreciate any thoughts on the best route forwards.
I’m currently in week 7 of SPBHV and I’ve come to the conclusion I probably need to bail. Week 6 was tough, completed to power but with more low cadence time than ideal and my knees weren’t thanking me for it, Tuesday this week I bumped my ride (Monadnock+5) by a day because my knees were still aching and I was getting snuffly, completed it yesterday but with real issues sustaining cadence even at low power. Today I started Black Hawk +2 (down from +5) and in the second interval it was clear that if I continued I’d be back into a grind fest so I pulled the plug, in part to stop myself hurting my knees.
I’m not too worried about bailing, 7 weeks in and vo2max being my weak spot, and I’d expected hard (though if anyone thinks I’m being crazy just shout). My plan at this point is to knock the intensity right back, go back to SSBHV1 from the end of next week and do another round given it looks like my early season events are in doubt anyway.
So my specific questions are:
- Am I crazy/simply lacking in testicular fortitude?
- Assuming I’m not crazy, what’s the best way to bridge to the new block? I’m not going to be ready to go again by Monday, but the best part of two weeks of gentle endurance seems like a good way to go flat power wise and bore my socks off.
For context, I’m 38 and my tr profile is here : https://www.trainerroad.com/app/career/aviatorpenguin
Any thoughts welcome