Following the recent podcast that covered strength training, I wanted to test out my performance on an interval session after doing a strength session. In the strength session, I pushed my legs (squats, lunges, leg presses) to failure, gave them a 15 min break, then got on the bike.
The result was counterintuitive as I was able to hold a higher power output at a much lower heart rate for longer. My muscles felt “high” If I can use the term and were happy to keep giving.
The next day was not pretty with very high DOMS, but the muscle activation enabled me to keep doing high power sessions for a few days in a manner that was better than I did before.
I called a cardiologist friend of mine to understand what happened. His view was that the recovery process of muscles pushed to fatigue is very aggressive and gives a lot of energy - something to think about in combining the two training modes.
Would be interested in seeing if anybody has had similar experience.