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.
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.