I’m really struggling.
I have played sports (including endurance sports) my whole life, and I’ve always had an “extra gear” I can go to on game day. Obviously I use this on race day as well. I find myself going THAT deep for my ramp test to get what I would consider a true result for my ftp. I actually enjoy seeing how hard I can push myself for a result.
The problem is… I find myself having to crush myself and go back to that dark place to complete many of the workouts, especially some sweet spot workouts like Carson +2 or Monitor +1. I have had DOMS every day for the last 3 weeks.
Is consistently going to the “dark place” to finish workouts normal? Do I just need to push through and eventually they won’t seem so bad? Is more recovery days and skipping workouts the answer? Do I need to not go so hard on the ramp test?
I’m really motivated to get faster, but I can’t fully recover in 24-48 hours, and ending workouts early is demoralizing.