Hi, I have been doing triathlons past 4 years. I always wonder how my bike fitness sucks after the off-season and it takes relatively long to gain it back. My last race was in end of June and July and august were off-season with casual 3-6 hours week training, also some weekly cycling. FTP was around 260-270w in June. I train about 400-500 hours annually and cycling is 40-50%.
Now after two weeks of training my running fitness would be the same if I lost the weight I gained during the previous months. I just did FTP test and couldn´t do more than 205w. I had also similar results after last September Iron man race and later injury in October. It took 4-5 moths to gain the fitness back in cycling and just month in running/swimming.
Anyone else having similar issues? Am I doing something wrong in cycling training? Usually during winter I do a lot of hard indoor workouts and more volume in spring/summer. This time I decided to do some volume blocks in the winter also and see if it helps.