I did HM 3 weeks ago following a 12 week training block, and since then I’ve had 2 weeks of base training (2 or 3 workouts thrown in but nothing crazy) and then I tapered into starting the Tour. Heart rate/power relationship has been as expected, barring some funky things with my Wahoo Tickr not responding properly. This was fixed with an update last week. I did Primers on Friday, before Stage 1 yesterday and Stage 2 today. On all three occasions my HR is well above expected during any efforts, like 10+bpm. As an idea I spent 46 mins in HR zone 5 during stage 1. My recovery sections seem broadly ok, may be touch higher than normal. The legs feel ok but the targets are a little reduced for the tour (focussed option)
Have I really lost that much fitness in the 3 taper weeks? I feel well so presume it’s not illness, I’m well fuelled and hydrated, and used to a fair training load. The only thing is I have a lot of stress with work at present - could this alone explain it?? Could it be the update to the Tickr has altered the readings? I see the update did include “improved heart rate algorithm”.
Any help or support would be appreciated as it’s off putting seeing my HR so high for an effort, I keep expecting the legs to give way any minute!