I had been on a pretty good streak these last few months with regards to training and recovery an this was the second week of a build block. I was feeling a little tired a few hours before my Tuesday night interval ride and then I got the terrible news that a good personal friend/mentor had suddenly passed away (heart attack). I was in no mood to work out after than so I pushed it off to the next morning…
On that Wednesday morning workout even though the legs were not even sore I could not even get thru the warm up so skipped this workout and felt really tired at the end of the day so decided to just try to continue on Thursday (today).
I wake up in the morning and checked resting HR expecting it to be way lower as I had no workouts for the previous days and it was actually elevated to the same level as if I had done several hard workouts in the previous days. I know a lot of you will say DUH, but I’ve never really paid this close attention to this before and it’s interesting how external stress can take a real physical toll.
Anyway bike riding helps heal my mental wounds so after a pre-workout nap and some caffeine I was able to finish tonight’s workout and the weight on my chest feels slightly lighter.