Ok, I figured I post this story because it seems like a good representation of a training hurdle seemingly overcome by some simple nutritional changes. Hopefully this is helpful to others on this forum.
So, I had a great 3x15 trainer workout on Saturday, seeing 299, 303 and 314 watts and 140, 146 and 152 average BPM respectively, PT was zeroed. RPE was feeling spot on. This is quite good for me and I was feeling pretty pumped.
I followed this with a 4 hour fixed gear ride on Sunday with some attacking but a generally moderate/low pace. OK, feeling great after the weekend. Monday was 1 hour @ recovery pace. This was the second week of my mesocycle.
Tuesday I attempted a 2x20 indoors right below LT. I knocked out 295 and 296 watts at 140 and 147 BPM. HR was low, but PE was through the roof. This workout killed me! I felt like crap... I was barely breathing through my mouth, but the legs just couldn't hold the pace enough to get the HR up. (Cadences matched those of saturday). OK, now I'm a bit disappointed, but not really worried... Wednesday I chose to forgo a real workout and did 50 minutes strict recovery pace. Legs felt OK.
Thursday is SST on the trainer. I hop on, legs feel pretty bad. The workout proceeds to go horribly. It was all i could muster to hit 43'x1 @ 252W and 122 BPM, then 1x20' @ 253 and 125 BPM... all the while PE is through the roof. I mean I'm blowing up doing low level SST. Ridiculous. It was demoralizing to say the least. So, I finish up, stretch, ice and sulk with my recovery shake. I was emotionally drained by this point.
So at this point I'm really feeling like my weight cutting is the problem here, and try to see if bumping up my carbs will do the trick and get me back to my normal self. I proceed to consume around 1200 cals of pasta, popcorn and Kamut cereal and 300 cals of whey, milk, and egg proteins in the next 4 hours before bed. I wake after a long sleep and really go at the carbs today, not out of control, but just more than I have been. Maybe 20-30% more carb than usual, a bit more protein too.
So I feel great at work today, even though it's super busy/stressful, I feel calm and controlled. King of the world type feelings.
Physically I feel a bit sore and bummed about last night crappy session, but I keep eating through out the day, just a bit more carbohydrate than usual.
So, after a commute home in the snow, I hop on the trainer expecting the worst.
And low and behold, I feel great! (PT is zeroed, again).
I was hoping for 30-40 minutes of SST, but was aware that I might be abandoning the ride if I felt badly. I was planning on aiming for 250-260 and letting my legs decide the pace. So I quickly find a comfortable spot at 281! Not only am i hitting 281 with ease, but I find myself drifting towards 300. I dial back and do a relatively easy 45' @ 280W and 135 BPM. Just right. Bike feels good, legs feel sore still, but at least there doing what they're supposed too!! 30 Watts higher than yesterday with a much lower PE!
So, needless to say, I'm feeling very relieved and satisfied with my workout and have been keeping the carbs coming.
I feel like I've learned a great lesson here and have been reminded that proper nutrition makes a world of difference. Lowered cals and high intensity training dont seem to mix, for me anyways.
thanks for reading and I'd love to hear any other stories of obstacles met and overcome with your training/racing.