Lately I’ve been having trouble completing my workouts. Part of it has been a lack of motivation, with no races or events to look forward to. The other part seems to be physical, or at least a mental obstacle manifesting physically if that makes sense.
I started using TR in Feb of this year w/ an FTP of 263. I trained inside my house and flew through the workouts and felt great. Next FTP test I’m up to 282. Still very consistent and completing all the workouts, even choosing harder versions a lot of the time. Bump up to 288 (set FTP manually to 290) around late April / early May. I can still do the workouts, but mental fatigue sets in as there are no events.
Around this time I also move my bike to my garage as my wife and I both work from home due to COVID, and both use the trainer. Our workout room was also in the office we share, and it got rather annoying with someone riding while the other works. I live in Arkansas, and if you know nothing else about this state, it’s hot and humid in the summer.
I know my inability to finish workouts is a mix of things: unmotivated, heat / humidity from moving to garage, poor diet since COVID started (although it’s not terrible, just not as good as it would be with events on the horizion).
I want to start seeing improvements again. My FTP dropped on my last test (back to 282) because I’ve kind of taken a break in my training, and have been trying to enjoy the bike more by riding outside. When I get on the trainer and do hard intervals, I experience several things that I wasn’t experiencing when I began with TR. These are:
Heavy legs. I used to be able to will my way through a workout, no matter the difficulty. Now I fail at workouts I used to be really good at (ex. Baird +6), even with the FTP drop. Even with a couple of easy / recovery weeks under my belt. Like I said, I’ve been lax in my training, partly because I felt like I needed a mental and physical break. Coming back I hoped to cruise through workouts like I used to. Hasn’t been the case.
Gasping for air. Ever since it started heating up and getting humid here, I’ve struggled. Like I said, I moved the trainer to the garage. I hoped it would help me acclimate, and I’ve always enjoyed riding in the summer heat here. Riding in the garage seems different than riding outdoors in the heat. I have a good fan, the door open, and am shaded. I still struggle. Should I give it more time to acclimate? It’s only getting hotter here. Should I figure out a way to move indoors, and forget trying to acclimate?
Lastly, I’ve noticed my forearms becoming fatigued during my workouts. I’m fairly experienced, and am not death gripping the bars. I have a very relaxed hand position, and don’t understand why my forearms in particular become so fatigued during a workout. Could this be interrelated to the other issues I’m experiencing?
Sorry for the long post, and thanks for any advice.