I’m turning to fellow sufferers for this because i really need the advice and maybe someone has experienced this.
I’ve been indoor cycling since October 2019 with a vengeance. Started the 3 month training plan for e-sports based on my 4DP profile (sprinter apparently…who knew!!!) in May 2020. the first couple of workouts i had to stop mid way to re-inflate my collapsed and burning lungs but after a month i felt good progression and the subscription was and is, very much worth it. I’ve mixed the workouts with a popular racing platform doing a variety of hill climbs and flats for up to 2 hours at a time.
I focused on fast paced rides since October and until the last 2 weeks i haven’t revisited the sufferfest videos.
In November my indoor trainer died and i had to wait 10 days for it to be fixed. No riding for that time and this is where my problem started.
I have struggled to get back to where i was prior to the 10 days off. Its like my legs are just not prepared to put the effort in and my stamina/ability to last long sustained efforts has dropped off a cliff. Mental toughness isn’t usually a problem for me and i like to fight it out. The vids on sufferfest are great for engagement and keeping you focused so i don’t think that’s my problem.
When my trainer was fixed I did the usual virtual group B ride and was dropped after 6 miles and its not much better since. I’ve started back on sufferfest and completed violator, Downward Spiral, Blender (mini ver), The Hunted, The Tool Shed (Mashup), Hell Hath No Fury mixed with a few normal virtual very steep hill climbs. I’ve done all of the aforementioned workouts previously as part of the e-sports plan and whilst my eyes were bleeding and lungs on fire, I was fine. I was ready to take my new 4DP test before the trainer broke and was expecting an increase all round given how i felt i was performing.
Now, I cannot complete any of the sufferfest workouts without stopping several times and am actually having to cut the workouts short as my legs have nothing left. Same with group rides…being dropped relatively quickly. Every aspect of my 4DP seems to have dropped off a cliff. I’ve been training again since mid November so i would have expected to be doing better by now.
Fuel is not a problem and rest every few days.
So what am i missing here? Is this usual and i just need to be patient or should i be looking at very specific workouts? (suggestions welcome )
I don’t mind being told i’m impatient and should be flogged and sent to the mines for stopping mixing focused workout sessions with virtual rides but i’m starting to feel deflated about the whole experience. Any suggestions or advice welcome…or directions to the mines!