While I’ve been “training” for a few years now, this is the first time I actually completely stuck to a training plan all the way through. I was very consistent with my workouts and apart from one minor illness which necessitated a slight change, the only other change I made was to do a ramp test mid way and increase my FTP significantly in accordance with the results.
In addition, I’ve been lifting heavily 3-4x a week with a focus on major compound lifts (clean and press, squat, deadlift, bench, etc). Typically 5x5 at greater than 85% on my major lifts.
I completed SSB 1 Mid Volume and I’m now in the middle of my recovery week. I haven’t lifted yet this week, I’ve done nothing at all but Pettit and skipped a 30 minute Taku today.
I feel like a train hit me. My legs are achey, I’m sleeping TONS, and yet I’m still exhausted. I’m not sick and my diet is pretty good. Work stress is neither more nor less than norm for me (relatively high all the time). Family stress is neither more nor less either. Is this normal for a “recovery week”? I expected I’d be tired going into it, but I feel like if I had pushed through and did a few more serious workouts I’d have put myself in a seriously dark hole. Am I just expecting too much recovery too quickly? Its only Tuesday but given that all I’ve done since Saturday is Pettit I am still feeling like I ran a marathon. What gives?