I am currently finding myself in a bit of a rut. I want to train — I ride both inside and outside — but I don’t race apart from a couple of fondos and brevets a couple of times a year. The thing is I feel really burnt out from the intensity prescribed by TrainerRoad.
Where I am from (Serbia) we had lockdowns in 2020 — as did most of the world — and I used that time to hammer away on the trainer, and didn’t do much else to be honest. I think I did a mid-volume plan and felt really strong. However the intensity was almost unbearable, because if I had to do something else other than work and train, I would not be able to cope. It had me right on the edge.
When things opened up and the weather started to get nice I started riding outside more, soul rides most of the time and some fast group rides as well from time to time. Now that the summer is over (I consider summer my off-season, and use the winter to train hard indoors) I want to get back to it, however I don’t think that I’m ready for the intensity just yet.
My form at the moment is stagnant. I’m not losing fitness, but I’m not getting stronger either. Also I’ve gotten back to the gym with the idea to look a bit less like a praying mantis, and more like a healthy human, so I’ll probably gain a few kilos here and there which I don’t mind. Currently I’m at 76kg and 187cm tall. I’m at my lightest during the winter and that’s around 72–73kg which I consider my “race weight”. I’d be happy if I put on some muscle, and end up at 75kg with a bit less fat.
Managing bike workouts with the gym has been a challenge lately. I just can’t do strength training in the gym, high intensity on the bike (which is all that’s being given to me when I use Adaptive Training), and other work/life commitments.
My question is: is it a bad idea to let the bike take the back seat for a while, and do a mid-volume Traditional Base phase?
This is something I think I can handle volume-wise, and I do intend to swap at least one of the workouts per week with a 3-4h group ride.
Thanks for all the help!