today I made an interesting experience, but have to tell a bit of a story first:
Since last weekend, my wife & my oldest daughter started to develop COVID Symptoms and got tested positive. My two younger kids have also been tested despite not having any symptoms but still are positive.
I only started to feel very minor fatigue starting last Saturday and some headaches but other then that I feel ok. I sometimes have some minor body aches, too.
Anyways, Saturday morning I completed Antelope despite my minor fatigue-feeling. I never even came close to not being able to not completing it.
Sunday is my rest day and Monday I got tested for COVID but don’t have the result yet.
My symptoms never changed. little headache, some fatigue, a bit body aching, etc.
I sold my old bike on Sunday that I used to ride on the trainer (Stages PM Left) and now ride my new bike on the trainer (spider based Quarq - see other threads). So there is not only a switch in bikes but also a switch in power source.
Monday I completed Tunnabora (and added some zone 2) and yesterday I completed a light workout - Carter + some extra Zone 2.
Today, I had Antelope on the plan and during the 5th sweet spot interval I had to switch to resistance mode as I didn’t feel I could get through it. I finished the interval at Zone 2, did the normal recovery and tried the 6th interval, which I had to quit about 7 minutes in.
I’m now wondering what the root cause could be:
Position on bike (it still is slightly different compared to the old bike)?
A combination of all 3?
I personally didn’t think that the power meter should make such an impact. I know from outdoor rides that my L/R power is very evenly distributed so I think I can cross that out.
I don’t want to do an FTP test either as being potentially fatigue from COVID would produce wrong numbers.
Comparing the two same workouts (failed one on the right), I noticed that up until interval 2, all looks quit good. Interval 3, my HR was already higher than last Saturday - so I feel it is not the Power source as the initial intervals are actually showing lower HR compared to Saturday, but maybe fatigue that is somewhere in my body…I also felt I couldn’t maintain a higher cadence, which leads to more muscle fatigue, etc.
Anyhow, I will try a workout tomorrow and see how that goes. I thought is was interesting to share. Maybe other will be in the same COVID situation down the road?