Been a TR user for about 8 months now, and a keen cyclist for 3.5 years. I’ve worked shifts most of my life, Currently doing 3 x 12hr shifts per week, Fri-Sun days one week and nights the next.
Gradually over the last couple of years I’ve noticed a bigger struggle coping with the nights, and at present I’m considering a possible change of career path when I get made redundant in the next 6 months or so, trouble is, as a maintenance engineer the shifts come with the job!
Before cycling I was very sedentary and my weight had crept up to 100kgs, at which point I decided to try and get fit and the cycling proved a perfect way to do this, I’m now 42, 80kgs and have a 315w ftp. I’m probably in the best shape of my adult life but at times I’m struggling to function in my work, specifically the worst issue seems to be waking mid morning and failing to then fall back to sleep, which leads to bad sleep deprivation.
Since I improved my quality of life and got much fitter I have been naturally falling asleep earlier and rising earlier, my circadian rythym seems to have me waking comfortably at 7am after going to bed at 9-10pm, it’s when night shifts come along that the problems start. I have a theory that I’ve almost caused myself this issue by being healthier, fitter and sleeping better on my days off, and that my body is now struggling to adapt to the changes it faces when on shift.
I would be interested to hear from anyone who has experienced anything similar or has any suggestions about how best to structure my training, the issue persists regardless if I’m doing 3.5hrs a week indoors or adding more rides outdoors on bigger riding weeks.
I structure my rides for a Mon, Tues and Thurs with nothing on my work days, as I can’t face riding after a 12hr day which can be quite physical at times. I don’t feel my training is excessive or affecting my work as such.
(Other point to note is that I also have a chronic testosterone deficiency (managed through regular injections by a doctor) and whilst I have been brought into what is the “normal” range here in the uk, my levels are still at the bottom end of the scale. My doctor said this condition shouldn’t affect my ability to work in the job I do)