I did some searching on the forum to see if this was already covered, and I kinda found some relative posts, but not really. So if this specific situation has been covered before I am sorry to repost a similar question.
In late December I created a year-long plan using Plan Builder with my A races focused in the Fall/Winter for the CX racing season. I had a sprinkle of B and C races in the calendar from April through September but like everyone else that was shut down. Most races were Gravel and Short Track races, and a handful of late Summer & early Fall CX races so my workouts were built around getting ready for such events. My plan is Low Volume (three days a week - Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for a total of 3.5 hours a week) and some times I meet the crew for a Sunday ride on our usual loop, which is about 2.5 hours. As the year progressed I noticed gains in FTP, gains in how I felt on TR workouts as each training block progressed (even increasing intensity in workouts on final week of a training block), and finally positive feedback on group rides.
Over the last month or so with the weather getting nicer I started to add more outside workouts, and more outside non-TR rides to my training weeks. Even a few rides where I replaced a TR workout with an online race or long outside team ride.
Then about two weeks ago after a recovery week I noticed that my legs were not responding to workouts. My ramp test after the recovery week was much lower than current FTP, I couldn’t finish my VO2max workout, and that week’s threshold work felt like extra-long VO2max efforts. A few outside rides also felt really, really difficult.
The last 2-3 months of workouts have been lot’s of Bluebell, Spencer +2, Darwin, Jepson, Ericsson, Taylor -2, for example. Basically all VO2max and Threshold work.
Have I overdone it adding the outside rides to the kind of TR workouts I’ve been doing? Is it possible to do too much on four to five days a week?
I’m currently taking a week completely off the bike in the hopes that I can come back from these tired legs feeling fresh. Lot’s of Powerdot recovery sessions and massage stick/roller time.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.