Recently been struggling with quality of time on the trainer as well as some motivation. This started roughly 2 1/2 weeks ago after returning from a trip.
End of May I felt fantastic and was seeing progress through my LV training plan and at this point was about 8 weeks into structured training. I had seen a 44 watt increase from starting at 120 in zwift to 164 in TR.
Beginning of June my wife and I took an abrupt week away for hospital visits for some issues for her. I did not do structured rides but did bring my bike and did outside rides and attempted to do an outside workout but failed miserably in maintaining the power targets as I wasn’t used to the area.
All of the rides felt easy(ish) to me with the exception of the hills that I do not have where I live due to being flat and windy.
On coming back I could not finish a Warlow +2 (90 min) and only could do 70 min before calling it to fatigue and knee pain.
The rest of the rides were completed but seemed harder on me than typically Then i never felt great on the ramp test to start the second block and got an ftp of 164 again.
I kept going with the same ftp and just recently skipped the Monday workout due to the legs and body just not feeling good.
I noticed after the trip my protein intake was reduced to about 100g protein a day instead of 140g. Carb daily intake was close to the same at 100g a day however some quality was reduced as I was trying to up calories in a day.
I have/had (last checkup was positive) moderate insulin resistance so my diet is made to keep that in check. Through training and my diet I have lost 40 lbs (214-174).
Is the poor recovery/fatigue associated to low protein intake for the time period after the trip as well as just being lighter so 164 ftp just feels harder now?