Originally Posted by Yogir1
After doing so well the last few months enjoying my riding, always extending my ride distance week by week I have fallen into a heap the last week. Really struggling the last couple of rides, my legs have no power like they did before and I am breathless on climbs that I could chew up easily. I weight train 3 to 4 times a week as well as 2 to 3 rides per week. I am feeling pretty down as I can't understand what is wrong. Please Help
The answer is really simple.
You have been adding additional stress to your body every week. My guess is that when you started to struggle, you worked harder. And now you've overtrained - you've put so much stress on your body that you have overstressed it.
First, you need to buy a book on training. Carmichael and Friel are both good.
Second, you are going to have to back off *considerably* to allow your body time to recover. That means perhaps 3-4 *recovery rides* during the week - rides where you don't even come close to getting out of breath, and fairly short (maybe 90 minutes) - until you start feeling better. But don't expect it to recover quickly.