Hi my first post and apologies if this has been asked a million times.
I’m in a bit of a quandary whether to repeat my SPBHV phase or continue on the RRRHV phase of my training following a period of sickness. To date training consisted on SSBHV1+2 and I had completed 5 weeks of SPBHV before I got sick with a virus. Training had been going well with good result till this point, unfortunately my partner and 2 children became quite sick (required a week off work and school,partner is teacher in a nursery school), which led to me adopting extra household duties, what also clashed with a period of extended travel for work. This also meant it was inevitable I would get sick at some point. In which I did, it resulted in 3 weeks off the bike with the 1st week in bed with a temp of 40c/104F, which led into, bronchitis, sinusitis and tonsillitis. After 3 weeks off I was in position to get back on the bike, felt horribly unfit but symptom free. I spent a week doing endurance type activities out on the road to get use to the saddle time again and another week doing some much shorter but intense workouts at reduced ftp on trainer road to get leg speed and HR up. Power and ability to make any type repeated effort significantly diminished even at reduce ftp setting.
I rearranged my training calendar and I am due to start RRRHV today to line up with some previous priority racing goals. However these races have a huge question mark over them now as due to my illness there are members of my race team that are in far better shape and likely to get selection over me at this time (this has been pretty much confirmed by the team manager, who hinted to look at other events).
My issue do I just take it on the chin and rebuild by power phase then go into RRR plan and look to other events in the year (possibly taking more of leading role as other team members have peaked and burned). Or start the RRR plan toady as scheduled and see what happens and sneak into the squad selection (The team has guest entry into UCI 1.2 race which is massive opportunity to ride with the big boys)
Sorry for War and Peace. Great product trainer road.