I am hoping to get some insight from the forum on the topic of burnout. A bit of background, from late April until end the of August I did 16 weeks of racing, CX (A races), road (B races), and MTB (C races), all three categories in CAT 2. My primary focus for those 16 weeks was the state CX series which I did win, and I even managed to win a couple of road races and a MTB race, so all in all it was a very intense and satisfying (Australian) winter.
At the end of August, after the final round of CX I had some travel plans and lowered my TSS, I kept riding, but no competition and no formal training. That last about 1 month, until the last week of September when cranked up the TSS again. After two weeks I was returning to my CX form quickly then something snapped. Which is where I’m at today.
I have nothing, no power, I feel like I’m hitting my lactate threshold when walking up some stairs or riding up a simple hill on my commute. Extremely flat, which is strange because my fitness was coming along.
I thought it might be mental, but I have an O/S riding trip coming up and I’m so keen on it that my motivation is extremely high, but I cannot make any power on the bike.
Anyone ever experience this? I’ve tried resting on and off for the last two weeks, but I return to this flat feeling immediately.
I’ve read the TR blog on burnout, doesn’t list any physical factors.