Getting ready for CX and just ended a recovery week that followed an 8+ week build (with only a few day recovery block instead of an actual week)… yes I know I should have FTFP and actually taken a week instead of a few days
The thing im noticing is that yesterday(and through most of the recovery week), my legs were heavy and i was struggling to hit decent numbers/watts on the bike.
Is this because:
a) I built for too long, and need more recovery
b) Recovery weeks are supposed to make you feel like crap for a few days after
Its a bit demoralizing to do a bunch of workouts and then feel horrible when the training peak fork/fatigue numbers say I should be feeling better!
this is just because you didn’t FtFP
Sounds like you are behind on your recovery.
By not honoring the rest week, you got out of balance with your recovery and this is how it feels/what happens. The good news you can get back on track by following the plan and enjoy smooth sailing with balanced training and recovery.
Read, watch and listen to proper recovery here and remember to #FtFP:
I wanted to jump in with a related question about the “off-week”. Mine off week is supposed to be this week. However, next week I will be off the bike Sunday-Sunday. I will be backpacking, but probably not huge mileage. I was thinking I would keep training this week and use next week while I am backpacking as my “off-week”. Does that sound reasonable or should I do something different?
Oh @melissabarkertamplin - how am I gonna give you a hard time about #FtFP’ing when you are the National Champ, and clearly doing something right?!?!
Forum friends - Melissa used our cyclocross plans last year and won her Nationals Race! And she was backpacking last Summer too so I can safely say to her - yes, switch the weeks around per your backpacking trip.
While you are out in the wilderness - you can still do the following exercises that are on your cx plans:
CX RUN Workouts (the ones w/o the bike)
Have fun and hope that helps -