One year ago (April 14th) I was an overweight couch potato… so I bought a Cannondale Synapse from Mack Cycle in Miami and hit the road. My first real ride… all of 6 miles. Started using TrainerRoad in August, although I’ve never been very consistent about it. Still, between TR and outside rides, I gradually improved to the point where I can ride 50 miles at 16mph, with two short breaks.
I’ve lost 20 pounds. I’m now 48, 5-foot-7, 220 pounds, and my FTP is 195W, just short of 2 W/kg. I’ve made good progress, and I’m happy about it. I don’t race: I’m just doing this for health and fun (and I do want to get faster!). But I’m still failing TR workouts left and right. I don’t think I’ve completed any workouts without at least one brief pause off the bike during a rest interval, and plenty of them I just can’t finish at all.
I’ve added two upper-body strength sessions per week, and 2-3 half-hour jogs as well. Started a new SSB1 LV plan yesterday (and even Mount Field was hard…). I can think of possibilities why I’m failing so much and so often:
Maybe these workouts are intended for people who are already in pretty good shape, and I just need to keep working for another year or so before they start becoming manageable. Maybe my condition was just too bad.
Maybe I’m just not used to training this hard, it hurts like hell for everybody, and I just need to suck it up, keep going, and get mentally tougher. Maybe I should be able to handle it even today, and I’m failing because I think it’s not supposed to hurt so much and I’m wrong.
Maybe I started failing because I sucked, and now I keep failing because I started running and I just can’t handle more TSS in my week. So maybe I’ve just kept adding work to keep myself “in a little too deep”, but I’ll gradually get better and I’m failing simply because I’m pursuing a very aggressive training load for what my overall condition would allow.
Maybe I’m missing something obvious… which is why I figured I’d ask the brain trust.
I do try to fuel for the workouts (should one-hour workouts need that much fuel?). Starting about 20 minutes prior to the workout, I start consuming about 60g of carbs per hour. I’m also finding that I can’t work hard until at least two hours (or more) after a meal, though that’s a lesson recently learned. Not sure if I can add anything else that’s useful here.
Any thoughts, suggestions, or advice?