I’m looking for thoughts and recommendations about how to structure a mid-season break. Perhaps a bit late since I’m starting the rest now, but mostly looking for thoughts on the best way to recharge given the details below.
Finished a complete base/build/specialty peak on Feb 17th
Took a week off, then did base for two weeks to ease back into things
13-Mar started a modified build phase with races mixed in (11 races between mid March and mid June)
Worked towards a mid-season peak this past weekend (15-Jun)
This is what my TSS chart looks like from the peak in February through the peak in June
I have four or five more race weekends (8-10 races) starting in July and running through August and my next desired A race is at the end of July.
I’m pretty burned out physically and mentally right now, and am really looking forward to taking the next two weeks as a mid-season break. I’ll be back racing (stage race in support of a teammate) the weekend of July 6th so plan to dig back into training July 2nd and hopefully not be completely useless to the team
I’d like to greatly reduce volume and time for the next two weeks. Going from a 6 week TSS average of 608 and maybe only doing 200-300/week spread out between 2 or 3 rides and getting back to off-season frequency of weight training
So…questions, advice, etc.
Am I reducing volume enough? Not enough? Just right? Particularly given that I want to be back in shape to race meaningfully I’m walking a fairly fine line here
Am I better off maintaining intensity to get the TSS (rides like Broken Finger and Lion Rock) and maintain a little of that fitness or should I stick to easier rides (Mokelumne +1)?
I’m going to be fairly fluid with this over the next two weeks based on how my body and brain are feeling - but I’m interested in how others would approach this type of rest and why