I had a really rough last couple days with off the bike stress (final exams) with terrible sleep, etc. I finished that successfully yesterday, but when I went to do my workout (Spencer +2) that I’d moved as a result of this, I had a DNF, and it just felt like the last couple of days sucked everything out of me, including when I got on the bike. I’m honestly not sure if I can finish the rest of this (tough) final week of SSB2. Earlier in the phase, I was also derailed by a bad ear infection, which I have since recovered from. I successfully finished SSB1 MV before this and my FTP is at an all time high as of right now (247->260->267->275->280 progression this year, second year of TR).
Here is what my last 4 weeks look like (sick nov 29-dec2, covid scare AKA close contact positive dec 7/8 - held off on workouts, exams dec 14-15):
Calendar Link: https://www.trainerroad.com/app/career/mlunin/calendar
I need some advice on where to go from here. I’ll be off the bike for 3 days around New Years (visiting family) and will be moving halfway across the country (IL->MA) for a job middle of January, so that’s something to take into account. I’m mostly just doing TR to somewhat gain fitness while racing is somewhat on hold.
Two sets of questions - what to do now and what to do in general:
Now, do I:
A) Try and tough out the rest of the week and take the recovery week as planned?
B) Modify this week to be a little easier (think SS vs threshold) and take the recovery week next week?
C) Move into the recovery week immediately for the next 10 days?
D) Move into the recovery week immediately, start next phase/ramp test mid week?
E) Recovery week now, but finish the remaining 3 workouts before the next phase?
F) Do easy SS workouts until I will have a recovery week new years week (so time off the bike is actually a part recovery vs missed workouts)?
Next phase should I (If I don’t have specific races I’m targeting & keeping in mind I’ll have to take a couple days off 2/6 weeks). I mostly race crit, but like general fitness:
A) SSB1 HV
B) SSB2 HV
C) Build (General or Short Power (?)) HV
D) Build (General or Short Power (?)) MV
E) SSB 1 MV
F) SSB2 MV
I will probably have time to dedicate to HV (vs before) as well.