just looking for a bit of advice and insight here, since often with analyzing my fitness i end up in circles.
here's the deal- started this racing season off great- feeling pretty great, and in the first 3 months of racing finished in the top 10/top 15 of every race i was in- some of them being quite difficult. i've done about 14 since the beginning of march, and in the last 3 (which were somewhat easy compared to the other races so far), i haven't been able to make it past 10 miles/laps of any given road race/crit without completely dying. some of it is physical, i am sure- like my body just CAN'T. but also i cant reason with myself to deal with the pain of navigating a typical 3/4 pack flying at 36 miles an hour around corners- i actually say "i don't want to do this- i don't want to deal with this pain right now". i don't have any of the "typical" signs of overtraining- my sleep schedule is like clockwork, my resting heart rate is normal upon recovery.
can anyone share some similar experiences?