Long-time recreational cyclist, first-time actual trainer (middle aged, let’s say)…
As a generally casual rider who is training for the first time (one positive of the lockdown), encountering a challenge that perhaps others do when they start out down this path: fatigue (physical/mental) vs. quality training sessions
Reaching near the end of the first of base building block and experiencing/starting to feel legs that are what I’d describe as just tired (super technical term there). Not sore, just empty feeling. It’s causing sessions now to be very difficult, or in the case of some, needing a 5-10% reduction in workload to even finish them off. Up until now, had been able to hit the marks consistently, so thought it could be a fatigue issue creeping in earlier (rather than wrong initial target) and now just trying to get myself to the scheduled recovery week as effectively as possible.
Perhaps it’s as simple as “listen to your body” and take a couple days off the bike and jump back into it, but was curious as to the difference between that and pushing through sessions at say 90% of planned effort and drag myself through one more week before the first recovery week.
Also, this is probably at least some amount of mental hurdles as well, but thought it was worth asking.
Thanks for all you guys do and appreciate the perspective of everyones’ years of experience in this stuff. Happy to get pointed to older podcasts or threads if that’s a good approach here too!