So I’m 48 and over the last few years as I’ve moved from sweet spot base into build I’ve managed to dig myself into a hole fitness wise. Basically, my legs just seem to stop recovering.
This time has been no different. I wrapped up SSBLV 2 Feeling like a champ and with reasonable ftp gains. The first week of build was tough - I had to bailed out on the last interval of one of the workouts and my fitness was still improving (according to my Garmin 530 and how strong I felt) on my weekend ride.
The second week of LV build was also tough. I had to back off of the intensity in the final intervals but completed the workouts although my legs were feeling crampy.
Today’s road ride was rough. My fitness had obviously gone backwards and my Garmin gave me a -2 fitness and lowered my ftp. I didn’t cramp but I would have blown up if I pushed it.
So here are my questions:
What’s the best way to dig my body out of the overtraining hole it’s in and get back to training? Recovery week? Lots of calories and sleep?
Next, this happens every time in the 2nd week of build. Do I need to switch to 1 week build/1 week recovery protocol? Or should I just keep repeating base blocks?
Thank you for reading.