During the last 3 years, I started taking roadracing quite seriously. Before that I did some “competitive” running (Sub3 marathon) and was a Just-for-fun mountainbiker. Since starting to use TrainerRoad 2 years ago, I am making improvements (FTP around 300/75kg, 31 years old) and perform quite well at smaller local races (front group for the win, if the race profile suits me).
However, my main obstacle with regard to racing as well as recovery is ALWAYS muscle soreness. In a race my limiter is always my muscles starting to blow up or even starting to cramp. It´s never my heart rate. It even feels sometimes like I could have gone harder from a cardio point of view, but my muscles just will shut down at some point. This is not only bike related; also when I did the running stuff, muscular problems where always my main limiter. Even though I cannot be 100% sure (I did not test), I do not think that this has to do with unbalanced electrolyte levels, because I consider my diet to be quite good and balanced.
With TR workouts, this becomes especially obvious when doing sustained long intervals at threshold or even sweet spot. Often this workouts are far more taxing for me than hard VO2 Workouts. Same goes for races: Sprinting is quite good and flat races with short but punshy climbs are my favourite ones. Longer, sustained climbs are nightmares for my muscles. My goal ist not to become a great sustained climber, but to get somehow over those longer hills to stay with the front group, so I can play my strengths.
What´s the best way to train? Doing even more longish interval efforts to get my muscles used to it or doing the opposite and concentrating a bit more on VO2 max stuff that get my heartrate up? I am a bit afraid of sacrificing my short-power strengths, if I go for more sustained intervals.
Any advice for recovery and nutrtion? I feel that increasing the protein and carb intake with shakes directly after workouts helps just a LITTLE bit. The sames goes for stretching and blackball rolling.
Many thanks in advance!