I’ve been a Sufferlandrian for about 4 years now, but I’m finding it mentally tough to get back into it at the moment.
Between home schooling and work commitments my Suffering suffered. And then I got Covid in Feb.
Since then I’ve been easing myself in with the inspiration rides.
My notional FTP was 270W, but I had to bail on Crescendo halfway after 8 minutes at 220W - it’s hard to tell how much of this is due to covid, and how much to de-training…
I guess I need to visit the doctor (as we used to say) and get FF done to get an idea of my new numbers - but I REALLY don’t want to let go of my old numbers! Plus I’m not sure doing a FF is a smart move given the Covid.
My question to you all is how would you handle this situation? Have you experienced something similar?
Maybe level mode, turn off power display and ride to RPE?
Maybe Half Monty to get a new FTP and MAP baseline?
Maybe a memorial service for my old numbers, followed by a FF in black bibs and shirt?
I’m leaning towards taking the bike off the trainer and just focusing on outdoor riding until I feel my fitness is back to a reasonable level and I can suffer again - do you think there’s a role for SUF during this period? Or should I just shut up shop on the indoor training until I’m fit enough again?
I feel like I’m pretty much starting from the beginning again - so, I’d love to hear from anyone who literally went from Couch to Sufferlandrian - that sounds pretty daunting, and kudos to those who have!
Thanks for joining me on the 5 stages of grief for what I used to be capable of. Time to accept it and move on!