So I’ve been recovering from a cold. Did the usual thing took a week off, then travelled interstate (Australia) for three days. Returned had good solid ride numbers were as expected. Travelled again for another 3 days for a short family Easter break.
I’ve now returned to what I planned to be a solid week of aerobic work outside enjoying the nice weather. Before returning to the program which had been adjusted to reflect the downtime.
The problem is now I cannot ride anywhere close to where I was. an example I did a local run with 2 mates. 70odd km usually takes 2hrs. An 8min climb features in the last 30mins normally a big ring climb nothing too hard. I cracked and was dropped. the climb took 2mins longer than normal power was 80w below normal and it hurt. I mean gassed out of breath and just no watts. after this, it felt like I just Bonked I mean I couldn’t even ride for 5mins at FTP.
This trend has continued for several more days, I took the next day super easy 1hr just spinning. Today I tried to do 70kms again. The plan was solid aerobic nothing too stressful. Yep, no power riding at high lvl 2 was just weird. Going over climbs 100w under “normal” and just feeling dead. I ended up turning back for home early. I ended up with 45kms in 2hrs, which is very slow for me. I’d normally easily cover 65+ on my own for that ride.
My questions are
- do I still have some lingering virus
- I don’t see I would have lost that much condition some I am sure but not 50+ watts of FTP
- thoughts on what else might be going on?
- where to from here? More recovery? Keep on trucking? A week off?
your thoughts are appreciated Thank You