Good job I don’t row then
My unscientific numbers:
My longest enforced break was for 5weeks, I probably lost something in VO2max, but according to GC I gained 6% VO2max from the month before the op to the month after (4% gain compared to the best pre op VO2max).
I can’t really compare power directly as I lost something like 3lb in the opp but my 20min max was down 8.6% from my best ever 20mins max the month before to the month after. If I’ve recorded my weight right, circa a 6.4%decline in w/kg.
I’ve taken several 2 and 4 week breaks over the last 2-3 years, and use my power-to-HR numbers to track fitness declines/improvements.
Using that definition of fitness, it takes about twice as long to recover previous fitness levels. In other words, a 2 week break takes 4 weeks to restore fitness. And a 4 week break takes about 8 weeks to restore fitness.
@JoeX no idea. But he posts some interesting stuff, although a lot involves running or related sports (soccer/football).