Masters athlete, 46 years old. I’m in SS1 and continuing with one “easy” weights session, either after the wednesday or saturday ride (generally with at least 3-5hrs between workouts). Trying to just keep basic strength maintenance up a bit longer into the season, but not trying to build more muscle mass, nor push strength higher. Just trying to maintain most of what I built up during the resistance plan. I noticed I lost considerable muscle strength throughout last season, even though I rode 60% more hours in 2020 than ever before.
I’m definitely in an agile learn as I go mode with this, listening to the body and adjusting my approach. What seems to be working ok so far is just 3 sets at 6, 4, and 3 reps of 60%, 65% and 70% of 1 rep max. So I’m doing low reps, moderate weight.
When this starts impacting recovery and/or impacting next ride I intend to back off further to body weights and explosive movements only. Reflecting back on last year, even surviving SS3 with just the riding was a mission, so I’ll be surprised if I’m still able to lift weights like this later in the plans.
Anyone else going rogue too and got any experience to share on this topic?