Hi. I’m an older cyclist (almost 60) but still enjoy training and racing. In fact, I’ve had my best success since I started using Sufferfest a couple of years ago.
I’ve always used 4 week blocks in my training plans (3 weeks work + 1 rest week). By the time I get near the end of the 3rd week, I really really need that rest week. How can I tell whether it’s time to build my plans using 3 week blocks instead (2 work + 1 rest)?
I tried the 2+1 approach for a while a couple of years ago but didn’t feel I was getting the fitness progression I wanted. However, I’m a little concerned about going too deep and just feeling worn out.
How have others dealt with this? How should I feel at the end of the 3rd week of a training block; still pretty strong or very tired?