Missing the target on a workout sucks.  Cracking, and barely managing to get to the finish is even worse.  Yesterday I was doing a Trainer Road workout called Lamarck.  It was 4x10min @FTP on 2 min rest.  I knew it was going to be a tough workout, but I should be able to get through it.  Right now I’m in a phase where I never feel fully recovered, but I felt pretty good all things considered.  I completed the first 10min interval, but it was really tough.  The 2min recovery seemed to fly by and then I was back at it again.  30sec in to my second interval I felt really fatigued.  1min in I wondered how I was going to make it through.  2min in I cracked.  My legs gave up, I couldn’t hold close to my watts, and I was spent.  I spent the rest of the remaining 36 minutes of the workout ignoring the actual workout, and just riding at a steady, but much easier output.  I was disappointed, but didn’t think too much of it.

You can see where it all went south

You can see where it all went south

Yesterday afternoon I was planning on doing some run intervals.  I was thinking 4x1k, 4x800m.  I was feeling fatigued, and it was cold and windy, so I settled on doing an easy-to-moderate 90min ride on the trainer instead.  I could watch a movie to help pass the time.  Well….that didn’t go so well either.  In the warmup I was struggling to hit a pedestrian pace (about 55% of FTP) and at 10 minutes I completely shut it down.  My body didn’t want to do it, and my output was so pitiful that I had no option but to listen.

Fast forward to today and the Trainer Road plan I’m following actually called for an easy 45min ride.  I figured it was timed perfectly.  I managed to do the ride, but it wasn’t as easy as it should have felt.  I followed that up with a quick 1500m in the pool, and that’s where I figured out just how tired I was.  From my first stroke I knew even 1500m would be a challenge.  I got in my swim, but I wasn’t concerned about pace and just got through it.  I’ve decided I’ll scratch my run for later today, and I’m undecided about what I’ll do with tomorrows workouts.

I decided to write about this for a couple reasons.  Most of what I write is all positive – how training is progressing, interesting places I’ve swim/bike/run, or race reports.  The reality is that those posts are really just the highlight reel, and there’s a lot more ups and downs that go into it.  I’ve decided to be self coached, and I don’t always know what I’m doing.  I will now look back at a variety of factors that I think could have lead to this; sleep, nutrition, stress, workouts, etc.  Is there anything that has changed recently?  What caused my body to react this way?  What can I do to ensure I don’t get myself into this situation in the future.  More isn’t always more and it’s important that I learn from this to ensure I’m better moving forward.