I’m training for the ORAMM race in NC in 5 weeks and wondering based on my Nine Hammers performance today whether a recovery week is in order. I’m 55 years old, pretty low FTP of about 202 or so, but have been training hard since January. A friend and I pre-rode the ORAMM this past weekend over two days (30 miles per day/10K of climbing) took a couple days off, and then did a long 60 mile zone 2 ride this past weekend. All in all about 225 miles on the trails and trainer the past couple weeks.
Did Nine Hammers as part of the training plan today, felt great for the first five hammers, and then all went to hell at #6. Legs burning like never before, no power, had to hit pause four or five times for the remaining 3 hammers. Noticed that compared to the previous times I’ve done Nine Hammers (and completed it!) my total mileage was down about a half mile less (same FTP), power was down, etc.
I’m a terrible judge of when I need a recovery week and at 55 maybe I’m still thinking I’m a spry 50 year old. Would love any advice from the older pros here. Many thanks!