So, the endurance MTB race series that i was going to do this year has been fully cancelled. We had one last hope for a race on August 1st, but the county woudln’t issue the permit because we’re not in Phase 3 yet, and, well, it probably wouldn’t have been a good idea anyway, or at least would have needed to be a substantially modified racing experience.
But on the other hand, i’m not that sad because i am nearing the end of a custom plan and i am pretty beat. I moved a planned workout on Monday because i was too tired, I failed 14 Vise Grips today (it was bad pain, not good pain), and HRV has been super low and RHR pretty high all week. The bottom basically just fell out. And it’s weird because HR response to power on endurance rides is good, but the top end power (above FTP) is just not there. The legs today felt like sausages being grilled, like they were swelling and didn’t have room to swell the way they wanted. Felt tight, stuffed and heavy.
A few things it could be:
I’ve been doing intervals since February. Maybe this is just about the limit of what i can do without a break. I had targeted a race series that begin in May, the early races got cancelled, and i tried to hold onto the form until August. Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.
I could have been overdoing a lot of the intervals. Although i’m no monster sprinter, i’ve got a decent chunk of anaerobic power. In my last 4DP, my 1 min was 530, even though my 5 second power was only a nosehair over 900. And, paradoxically, i think things can be MORE taxing on you the stronger you are at them. I tried to exceed a lot of power targets on a lot of the AC workouts and maybe that was the wrong choice.
I made bad choices, maybe. About two weeks ago I made some uhh “modifications” to the plan because the weather was gorgeous and i wanted to go mountain biking. One day was a 7 hour ride, NP of like 250 including some season bests for 5, 10 and 20 min power. I thought i’d bounce back from it but maybe i still need more rest.
Anyway, i’m not sure where to go from here. I do think I need a break from the intensity, but at the same time, I don’t want to get off the bike. The weather finally got good! And i find enjoyment from the process of working at something to make it better, so i don’t want to totally unplug.
I’m thinking, maybe take a week or two of just riding easy, then try to push the long endurance?
Have any of you run into this kinda thing before? And how do you approach? It’s one thing to stay off the bike when the weather gets yucky in fall and winter but it’s finally nice out in the Pacific NW and I want to shred some gnar.