I’ve lost about 15 months of riding to long covid. I finally got back on the bike about two-and-a-half months ago and have been mostly riding steady on and off road and seem to have maintained a surprising amount of base fitness, though I’ve obviously lost top end.
I’ve reached a point where I’m happy riding steadily for three to four hours on hilly terrain with decent recovery - I use HRV to monitor along with feel - and I’m pondering where to go next. I’m not sure whether I should aim to continue with steady outings for the next few months or whether I should test FTP etc either using the ramp test or Full Frontal and throw in some short, intense sessions to start rebuilding shorter duration power etc.
I’m a little wary of the intensity of Full Frontal right now, so more inclined towards the ramp test. I’d be grateful for any thoughts and suggestions on next steps. I appreciate it’s not an exact science and individuals vary. I don’t appear to have any ongoing issues with breathing or HR and my general fatigue has pretty much disappeared, so mostly I think I’m dealing with almost 18 months of deconditioning.
Thanks for any help, Jon