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Went out this a.m. to do LT intervals, and I just couldn't.(5 posts)

Went out this a.m. to do LT intervals, and I just couldn't.bill
Jun 17, 2003 7:51 AM
Had planned on 3x6 intervals, which I've been doing now for weeks. I guess I was still tired from the Sunday ride. I started, and I just thought, this sucks. It's supposed to suck, but this really sucked. Couldn't get a rhythm, couldn't get my HR up (which I may have been paying too much attention to, which is really my question, I guess). I tried one interval, cut it short, tried a second, which actually felt a little more like it's supposed to, but still sucked too much, and then just spun home.
I don't know. Did I do the right thing? Should I have struggled through it? I'm 44, and I just figured, live to fight another day.
listen to your bodyTime Trial dot org
Jun 17, 2003 8:20 AM
I always listen to my body and sometimes, usually through stress events in my life, I opt out of a hard training session because I cannot get wholeheartedly into it.

I make those sessions work however, and have a peaceful nice 'fun ride' at about 75% MHR.

Later in the week I will make up the hard session.

It is important to keep it fun and not make training a chore that you suffer through, it raises the possibility of burnout.

I have seen many racers quit after a few years becuase of this. I switched from racing MTB in 2000 to Tri in 2001 to TT in 2002 just to keep it mixed up and fun.
welcome to the midseason doldrums (I'm so there...)lonefrontranger
Jun 17, 2003 6:56 PM
This is a good sign that it's time to take a break. My suggestion is to get out the beater or MTB, take off all analytical equipment (including speedometer, HRM, etc...) and go ride trails or something just for fun. Do this for a week solid. Don't push yourself, enjoy yourself.

You'd be amazed at what a break can do for you.

I DNF'ed on Saturday after exactly 1 & 1/4 laps of a 5 lap circuit race. I have never had such horrible bad legs in my entire life. It wasn't cramps or lactic burn, it just felt like I had a leg migraine, to the point where I couldn't even push a 27 up a fairly simple climb.

Yeah, so okay I won a crit on Sunday, but that doesn't matter. For now, I'm off the bike for a week, then I'll do some base and fun stuff on the cross bike and/or fixie for a week. Then I'll slowly start building back up. You simply cannot keep on the same intensity all season, your CNS (central nervous system) can't handle it. Either you take a break, or your body will take it for you - you'll get sick or injured or just feel like crap.
Everyone is different, what works for me.Canidraftyou
Jun 17, 2003 10:42 PM
I always plan 2 or 3 jumps prior to intervals. You know your body best. Like another said, you need to listen to your body, my guest is that you did right. Reference to watching your HR, you need to watch your HR. Many times I have been on the bike and thought I was kicking ass, but later found I was only high on supplements. Your Ave. mph with current HR will tell alot.

Im sure I have not told you anything you dont know, but at times we need to share our lowes.

Peace out
re: Went out this a.m. to do LT intervals, and I just couldn't.Dream plus
Jun 18, 2003 6:29 AM
As LFR mentioned - it's time for a break. Don't cut it short.
This happened to me last year. A lot of it was mental but I believe a lot was that I was not focusing on recovery. I'm 48. This year I'm trying 3 week cycles instead of 4 week cycles with every third week being a recovery week - DRASTICALLY reduced hours no structured intervals, and only one group ride. I have raced during these weeks no problem.
Also you mention youve been doing these same intervals for weeks. I'd try different intervals. Maybe Big gear, or hill, or longer or shorter or something.
Another thing I did was realize I wasn't very good at self coaching. I was following Friels' book but I think I misinterpreted a lot of what was in it. This year I signed up on Training bible and I believe it has helped me avoid problems as much as build race fitness. So maybe a coach could help.
As others have noted something new and fresh can help - try another type of racing. I moved into road racing from mtb to mix things up. I know people who have tried Xterra, cross etc. Good luck