Strength training is a great feature of the Sufferfest program.
When the program was launched last year, I incorporated the strength plan in to my calendar and completed up to sessions 5A and 5B which resulted in a general improvement in power output. As my A race approached I decided to stop doing strength workouts because I was finding extremely hard to complete good quality bike workouts and doing the strength sessions at the same time.
This year I decided to take my time and build my fitness again by initially focusing on the strength work and placing less emphasis on the bike workouts in order to complete the strength workout plan.
I finally arrived at a stage that I can complete the intermediate 6A and 6B workouts without to much sore legs however this time, it feels that the power output on the bike has dropped by approximately 10%. My legs feel strong during squats and lunges but sluggish on the bike. My heart rate is higher than previous years for the same percentage of FTP and it almost feels that the strength is not translating to the bike like it did last year.
Previously, I only experience sluggishness up to the intermediate 2A and 2B, by the time I reached intermediate 3A and 3B, my legs were starting to feel good again.
Has anyone experienced something similar and do you have any advice on how to get fresh/snappy legs feeling again without having to loose strength conditioning.