Question first with background info below: If I feel like I still do not have a good aerobic base at then end of the base phase and I have no events picked in the future, should I repeat the base phase before moving to the build phase? My goals are to be faster and enjoy longer efforts. Currently every ride feels like a race, even easy efforts.
I have always been a strength sports athlete with great fast twitch strength and virtually no aerobic abilities. About three years ago I shifted from attempting to compete at strongman and powerlifting events after injury sidelined me for a few months and changed my priorities.
Even on an easy ride, I will spend all most all of my time in tempo to threshold heartrate zones.
If I take it extremely easy, I can get my heartrate to stay at a rate low enough to not be super painful. But, suddenly it will spike and never return to a manageable level with no real change in perceived effort.
My training time is very limited. I work between 50-60 hours most weeks and less than a month from the birth of my third child (3 kids under 5).
I know consistency is most important, but will high intensity work continue to make my body think it should default to high energy output even when I’m trying to maintain moderate efforts?