Former runner here. Have been injured since January and it has been driving me insane. I always feel the need to be continually getting better physically, so thought I would channel that into cycling until I can pick up running again. I bought a turbo, TR sub and have been just choosing random workouts on TR without much structure, and rather inconsistently.
The inconsistency comes from my own silly decisions, I believe. I always choose the hardest workouts I can find instead of following an established plan. I just don’t seem to be able to control myself and stick to the intervals, end up pushing too hard on one particular day and sometimes spend an entire week paying for it - extreme fatigue, lack of motivation and inability to workout. This then leads to depression and further lack of motivation.
I have just started training again last week after some time off, and likely went back too quick. Again, unstructured. I did two workouts, a threshold on Tuesday (not recommended one, as you can see I failed) and also went a bit crazy on Saturday, originally going for a sweetspot with some added z2 but ended up doing closer to tempo and totalled 4 hours for the workout after consuming a little too much caffeine beforehand. I have attached screenshots of the training week.
After Fridays workout, I felt very nauseous for about an hour or two before eating some salt and carbs which helped. Felt OK the day after but then come Sunday I could barely get out of bed, extremely fatigued and even slow walking was a real effort. I am also holding on to more fluid than usual. I seem to always get edema in the days following a very hard or long session.
I intended to start on a structured plan: ssbhv 1 and try sticking to the workouts prescribed, but am still feeling fatigued today. I’ve taken so much time off training in the last few months I really don’t want to have to take any more off. Its destroying my mental health. Does anyone have any advice? On when to push through or rest? And how long to rest for if so? How long should I rest after an effort such as Fridays? Any feedback is appreciated, thank you.