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Getting back in shape.. advice needed for increasing volume/intensity

Old 08-15-16, 09:13 AM
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Getting back in shape.. advice needed for increasing volume/intensity

I am getting back in shape after having about 4 months off the bike for chemo.

The result of the chemo was that not only did I lose fitness from not riding, but I lost muscle mass from the effects of the drugs. I'm 49 years old, so even under normal circumstances it would be difficult to work back from that long of a break. In addition, I was on some heart medicine while on chemo and I'm getting some atrial fibrillation if I train too hard.

So the first couple weeks, I started by riding by riding as hard as I could for 20 minutes, then a half hour, then an hour and adding in hills as I began to get stronger. It took a couple weeks of that before I noticed that my heart started fibrillating if I rode a hard day and tried to ride again the day after that.

So.. I went back to riding E2 for 45 minutes 3 times a week (pretty much following Joel Friels advice for Base 1 with a goal of 300 hours / year). However, the E2 is all inside because I am surrounded by hills and can't really keep my intensity low if I try to ride outside.

So.. do I complete a Base1 cycle and then recheck my FTP and try to do another Base1 at E2 assuming that it will allow me to ride a little harder the second time if my FTP goes up? Or do I just go through Base2 & Base3 then re-evaluate? I know in the midst of all this that I can't increase anything if I keep having the fibrillation, but I'm hoping that as I get stronger, I'll be less likely to experience those (since they generally only appear to happen when I stress my cardio too hard). Also.. I have an appt with a cardiologist next month, so I will be getting that looked at.
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