I’m coming towards then end of the HV Rolling Road Race specialty after going through SSBHV 1 & 2 and short power HV build. From a start FTP of 275w I’m now up to 323w (4.2w/kg), so pretty happy with how things have turned out so far. This is my first experience of proper structured training, building off a base of a few years of unstructured running and cycling.
I’ve noticed that I feel pretty tired/run down towards the end of each block and very much look forward to each recovery week. This includes a slight deterioration of sleep quality, nothing major, just starts to be slightly more difficult to fall and stay asleep. I normally feel back up to about 100% towards then end of each recovery week and probably end up over doing it slightly on outdoor rides at the weekend after a week of easy.
So, how tired do you or should you feel towards the end of a training block? Any good indicators of when that overreach starts becoming non-functional and detrimental, either in general or for you specifically?
I’m considering dropping down to MV but feel that this would be like admitting defeat when I know I can cope with more. I thought to supplement MV with additional shorter endurance rides, 1+ versions of workouts and/or adding in a weekly run but don’t want to just swap one form of training stress for something less productive. Thoughts?