Does anyone do less than the prescribed recovery week in the middle of and / or between plans or training blocks? If so, what do you do and why?
I’m in the middle of Short Power Build and am experimenting with doing some sweet spot rides on Tuesday, Thursday, and maybe one more this weekend. Tuesday I did 2 x 30 / 10 at 90% (which may have been a little much) and today I did 3 x 15 / 15 @ 90% (seemed about right).
During previous recovery weeks I definitely felt the fatigue dissipate, but I found it hard to resume intense training again. I also found that my RPE is a little lower when I have a slight amount of fatigue. Maybe during a full recovery week (which is really eight days) I “forget” how to suffer?
I’ve also seen major drops in fitness during those full recovery weeks. I recognize all of the caveats of a Performance Management Chart and that CTL does not tell the whole story, including FTP changes, but combined with the difficulties of resuming intense workouts I’m experimenting a little.
Anyway, just curious what your experiences are. Thanks in advance!
Minor note: End of August I switched from SSBHV to SSBMV due to work obligations.