I’m doing a transition block too… and It’s a hard time for me.
I’ve got a coach and we are doing something I’ve never done before… After a hard dedicated 2020 15hr/week on bike season where i made great improvements in stepping up volume from 10hr/week to 15 and also FTP going up by ~8% and 1’ power going up by ~8% as well:
I took 2 weeks nearly completely off (though i still wanted to ride a little so i did 3 rides total with one of them being very hard)
then after that i’m on a 6 week period of
a. lifting twice a week plus
b. doing 2-3 short endurance rides (I was doing a 3h endurance ride every weekend and now i’m doing nothing longer than 90’) and filling in the rest of the days with
c. 60’ recovery rides filling in the rest for a total of 6 days (6 rides per week) of “on” training and 1 day of complete rest.
after that, my base season will start again with testing.
I’ve never done an off-season transition block that was quite this “easy” and “gentle” when on-bike.
While i’ve lifted often in the past, in 2020 i didn’t lift at all from march to October so the lifting is making me sore obviously and the gains in that department are quite fast and easy to come by for me currently.
I’m on track to gain a full 10-15 lbs and generally i’m not quite as happy and struggling to focus at work: you could call it something like seasonal affective disorder if you believe in that sort of thing… I bet a cleaner diet would deal with both of these problems… but it’s the holiday and i don’t have the training to look forward to so IDK…
It’s quite hard to stop feeling like i’m doing the wrong thing and throwing away my 2020 fitness gains.
Just sharing my feelings… Anyone else doing this