Just coming back from 3 weeks of inactivity and sickness. I still don’t know if my infection was viral or bacterial but I’m on my second round of antibiotics and it’s still not completely gone! I don’t get sick very often so I’m a bit new to managing a return to form.
Anyway…climbed back on the bike Sunday and did Mount Field. Interestingly enough, I had done that same workout as my last ride before getting sick so I was able to compare the two efforts.
Before I was sick my NP for the ride was 230 and average heart rate was 141. I completed the ride and enjoyed the workout.
First ride back I realized during the warmup that I was going to have to dial it back. I reduced intensity to 95%. Even with that I was only able to manage two of the three 12 mintue intervals. My NP was 222 and my average heart rate was all the way up to 152.
Today I did the same workout again. This time I took the intensity all the way down to 90%. I completed the entire workout but simulated climbing for all three intervals - kept the cadence lower and shifted the effort from lungs to legs. NP was 208 and heart rate was a more reasonable (for me) 146.
Should I just keep trying to keep it easy like this till I find it getting easier? Should I go even easier?
Any advice on how to move forward would be appreciated!