Ok so I just finished my 2nd week of using TrainerRoad and I feel like I’m struggling in a couple of ways and I’d love some insight.
#1 when am I supposed to do anything else? So I’m doing Sweet Spot Base Mid Volume 1 currently which is 5 days a week. I actually delayed my start of TR by a week because of an event (cycling) and shoved around my second week because of another one. I’d also like to do some lifting but I’ve got no clue where I’m supposed to fit that in. I work 8-5 and have 50% custody of my 2 school age children. I’ve had this thought about getting up at 5:30a but it never seems to work out.
#2 I’ve failed my last 2 workouts similarly and wonder if it’s just lack of rest or if I’m doing something wrong or just so untrained I should expect the failure. If you look at the calendar I just posted you’ll see I didn’t ride on Monday (planned rest day) or Tuesday. I pushed Ericsson from Tuesday to Wednesday and moved Carter to Friday thinking it sort of counts as rest anyway because Monday night I went to a concert and was out until midnight and on my feet “dancing” so my rest day wasn’t all that restful. But if you look at the last over under block of Tunemah you can see where I hit the spiral of death (all workouts are done on a KICKR17 in ERG). I lowered to 90% and was able to finish the workout but it was discouraging. I felt like I probably botched my fueling as I did this workout in the late afternoon (5:00p) and hadn’t eaten since breakfast. Yesterday was Leavitt +2 and at the one hour mark I knew I was going to spiral so I took a quick break and lowered to 95%. At 1:05 I spiraled and took another 40-60 second break before finishing. Yesterday I feel like I was well fueled.
So where do I go from here? Should I cut back to SSB low vol and build from there or keep pushing through? My main goals are to continue to lose weight but at a slower rate (lost 50 lbs from July 2017 until now…been on a plateau for 3 months) and to get stronger. I would like to start racing next year but I think it may be a big ask at my current level of fitness.