Tried doing some searching but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. I know I’ve read it somewhere but I can’t find it again… If I missed it, my bad.
Question is after your “A” race, how long do you typically give yourself for rest? I think I set myself up poorly and am trying to “diagnose” myself. Sept 7th was my “A” race then I (I’ll admit this wasn’t the smartest planning) did ramp test on the 10th… followed by my first century Sept 14th. Attached is a screenshot of the workouts after. I’m trying to figure out if I’m sluggish b/c I put myself in a hole or if I’m just stressed and fatigued… maybe both? Thanks!
I can’t offer much insight here, but if you could give more details of the A race then that might help. Time and intensity would be useful things to know. Some people’s A race might be 1hr long, others could be 12 hours.
also if you followed the plans and peaked before your race, you won’t be able to hold that peak for very long and your fitness could be waning and you’re trying to keep propping it up.
Also, since you said it ‘Was the hardest effort I’d ever done solo’ there could be an amount of mental fatigue that’s making it hard to stick through workouts, especially easy ones. I found when I jump on and do something like dans or beech, if I’m mentally fatigued they’re really hard and I feel like crap. You did a lot of work both mentally and physically, and may not have let your body and mind recover completely.
I tried doing 3 ‘A’ or whatever they could be considered races.
I did DK200 on June 1st. Following 3 days off and then 2 easy days. By the next saturday I tried doing hard efforts and backed down both to Z2 rides.
Then Coast2Coast (210m) in Michigan on June 22nd. I took 4 days off and than easy Z2 rides until the 4th of July when I had a longer group ride thing.
Finally I went to do the Crusher (225, but DNF’d at 170) in the UP of Michigan on July 20th. Then I was so cracked, mentally and kind of physically that I took 9 days off, did 1 z2 ride, then took another 4 days off.
So, I think looking back I needed more time off the bike after the first races and shouldn’t have done the third race.
I wonder if I took 1 day per 100 TSS if that would have been suitable.
DK took 18 hours so I don’t think I would have taken 18 days off after that. But I had a 700 TSS day and I bet that I could have used 7 days off the bike.
Coast2Coast was 500 TSS, I took 4 days off and recovered a lot better than DK.
By the Crusher I was in a phase of over-training. So I needed some serious time off, two weeks, than a TR rest week to recover from my season.
Since then I’m looking through my training peaks calendar and notice that I have set a number of PRs for the year or lifetime after the break.
It’s so hard to tell if you are having trouble in the moment. I know in the future I’ll have a plan for my breaks following big races and plan my year a little more conservatively.
I don’t think you can really apply any hard and fast rules. As you said, just listen to your body.
You have to remember also that everyone’s experience is going to differ dramatically based on their training load. Someone conditioned to maintain 800+TSS/wk is going to have a very different response to a race than someone doing much less and vice versa.
It’s amazing to me how some of us can mentally push ourselves to the point of breaking. I always used to have the mentality that if you did the right stuff, stretch, sleep, eat… you could break through these barriers. Obviously it needs to be done over a certain time frame. I’m floored how some of you guys can nail such impressive numbers.
I guess I fall victim to what many of us do which is compare to others. I can’t even fathom doing those TSS numbers (granted to quote @chad “not all tss is the same”)… but still, I’m currently in that stage between low volume and mid-volume and have been finding the transition attempt “interesting” to say the least.
what was your TSB after the race and what is it now? How much did you increase CTL before the race, maybe too much and didn’t taper? Lots going on beyond a screens shot (not being snarky, just trying to open the convo open so we can get more details)