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Old 05-09-09, 01:39 PM   #1
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Making progress training, then sudden fitness drop?

I've recently joined a team and have been training harder than ever before. 10 days ago I was feeling stronger than I've ever felt before, certain that I could easily beat my previous best TT. 3 days ago on a training ride doing 6min L5 hill climbs, my legs stopped working, felt like I had zero power, I only managed 1 really strong climb, and then the next 5 I was passed by almost everyone on the team, even the slower guys who I normally out climb easily. My legs just wouldn't go, there was no power in them. Same happened for thursday, and today. What should I do? What happened? The team coach says I probably couldn't handle the intensity, since it's still new to me. How long will my legs feel this weak? I have been doing these new team training exercises for a little over a month, and have felt my fitness climbing and climbing, until now. Feels like I am back to just starting to learn to ride a bike.
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Old 05-09-09, 01:44 PM   #2
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Sounds like fatigue.

Take a couple of recovery days (easy spin), and perhaps eat a bit more than you normally would. Protein will help.
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Old 05-09-09, 01:59 PM   #3
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sucks to hear but KP is right... you have to recover if you want to get stronger.
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Old 05-09-09, 02:24 PM   #4
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Sounds like fatigue.

Take a couple of recovery days (easy spin), and perhaps eat a bit more than you normally would. Protein will help.
+1 to that and probably some over training (ur coach put it as intensity). Couple days off the bike and some rest. If your training is intense and has been going for some time, a couple days off wont hurt ya besides the feeling of being off the bike.
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Old 05-09-09, 09:53 PM   #5
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You also could have hit a peak. It happens.
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overtraining.
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Old 05-10-09, 12:21 PM   #7
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Get at least 8-10 hours of sleep consistently too. Adequate sleep is where a lot of us fail!
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Old 05-10-09, 01:08 PM   #8
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Sounds like fatigue.

Take a couple of recovery days (easy spin), and perhaps eat a bit more than you normally would. Protein will help.
+2

A lot of the time overtraining is just under eating.
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