So here is the situation. Jumped into TR a couple of years back. I did the mid volume, no bother. Wasn’t too religious about the compliance on the endurance stuff (I commute by bike so took that outdoors…sort of) but was religious on the HIITs. All went well. Just rode through the summers; fantastic. Hitting PBs!
This cycle I am all over the place. I can hardly manage any meaningful compliance. Before Xmas was hit or miss the whole time. Dropped to Low volume. As it is a very clear limiter for me I was trying to concentrate on the strength training in the off season (Not as successfully as I would have liked…work got in the way there). So set myself to exploring polarizing the plans. So completed the LV SSB 1 & 2… It was a struggle. Started adding in endurance rides to rebalance the HR zone distribution. Feeling more and more tired. Took a ramp test and burned out of it at something like 10% lower FTP than I had been using. Did not find the VO2max stuff that hard. So just wrote it off as a bad test…
Just had a look at my calendar and noticed that I have been way up on the TSS per week than I expected.
Here’s the punch line: There was no drop in TSS on the rest weeks…<Duh!> I went a bit scenic on my endurance riding for those weeks. Just convinced myself that the intensity was too low to matter. Clearly wrong there.
So what percentage drop on TSS should I be gunning for on a rest week? If I persist in augmenting the LV plan with Z2 riding?(not a given at the moment)