I started “paying” for Strava this year and noticed this fun graph that looked like I was really increasing my fitness over the past couple years, good news I’ll take it! i record all my runs, strength workouts, rides and even walks in strava so it should have a pretty good idea of what my life looks like…
For the off season i switched from mid volume to low so I could add a few extra days to focus on strength training and still train on TR on the Sweet Spot Base plan.
I noticed my fitness is decreasing every day according to Strava, and my freshness is increasing. I do feel good and I can complete all my training rides at 100%, but am I really losing fitness just because i am not doing 5-6 harder rides a week? My strength training is going well too, i am increasing weight and setting PRs each workout.
It would appear that the “fitness and freshness” is accurate as I am feeling the effects of extra freshness allowing me to ride stronger for less time per week and adding in the Gym work too with no ill effects!
I like the freshness going up, but not the fitness going down… anyone have any “non science” info to back this up??