Evidently my body really likes weight training and adapts well to it, so well that it’s impeding my adaptations from cycling. Getting faster on the bike is my primary goal and I’m on the bike 7-8 hours a week, 3-4 days a week. My powerlifting sessions are relatively short, twice a week at 30 minutes per session.
Even with the reduced strength sessions I’ve gained about 3kg in the last 2 months, appetite has gone up significantly, and lifting has improved significantly (12% load increase in a month).
Fitness on the bike has also gone up but not enough to overcome the extra weight I’ve put on. For example, I just put out my best 20 minute power up a climb but was slower than my fastest time due to my weight.
I’m doing weight training to maintain bone density, muscular health, and overall quality of life. But since weight training is setting me back in my main goal of getting faster on the bike, should I cut weight training back to once a week or even once ever 2 weeks?