This is, I am sure, a totally noob question, but I’m confident I am not the only one that does not have this dialed in.
Over about the last 18 months now, I’ve started structured training (not new to cycling, but new to ‘fast’ cycling a few years ago), and have slowly been building up volume while adhering to the TR plans. Did low volume + extra last year, doing mid volume + some this year.
The question is this: what should my legs feel like? Last year, I didn’t really ever feel significant fatigue in my legs in the low volume plan. If I did, after tougher workouts like over unders, or VO2, I would generally forego the extra riding to let the fatigue dissipate before the next workout. As it is now…I generally still feel some significant fatigue from one block into the next. IE, I’ll do the overunder Sat workout in SSB1MV, then a 3-4hr endurance ride on Sunday. Then off/lazy mountain type ride on Monday, then hit the weekday 3 workout block still feeling fatigue in the legs on Tuesday.
I am trying to manage my volume now in the best way possible, given the extra time I have on my hands now. Given what I have heard on the podcast about legs ‘always hurting’…I am thinking my previous approach was incorrect, and I was likely under training.
Would anyone care to shed some light on what to look for in terms of day to day, week to week, to make sure you’re carrying an adequate level of fatigue/stress to force adaptations, but not so much as to overdo it?