As we get more miles (depth) in our legs, does our ability to recover from similar degrees of work change? Do we recover faster, slower, or is there no change?
Here is an example: Rider A has 5 years of solid riding and periodic racing in their legs. They do an event at an average of 85% FTP. if they continue to train and do the same event in 1, 2, or even 5 years later again at 85% FTP (a higher FTP than previously) will their recovery be the same? Leave all the other factors - nutrition, sleep/rest, etc - the same.
If Nate does Leadville after Cape Epic, and keeps the power %s equal (assuming everything else is equal) would he still take the month+ to recover?
Does it matter if they we compare new riders with themselves years later?