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Old 05-15-15, 02:43 AM
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Fitness Seem to Plateau or flatlined from last year

So I like to ask about this what are reasons for not seeing any gains or positive results from training. In other words I have changed my training and better my diet and increase some more off the bike workouts as well. However seems i am not getting faster or better at anything. Weekly time trials, time lines i am getting is same as last year, maybe slower times as well.

what are reasons on this. Is there way to get out of this rut?
has this happened to any of you folks?
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Tough, isn't it? This is as good as it gets? You're older? Try a different training method next year? Coach time?
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Yes your right, i am 37 , however i have to admit been on the slow side naturally, but at same time, i am still more the mid pack kind of finisher, its just a shame when you put in lots of time and effort and your natural results just stay the same, did the online coaching thing for over a year, was helpful and did see results. i have done some ready made training plans already i got from training peaks. and good, and seem to be good workouts, i not lost any progress i made at least , just not going up in results type of thing.
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Pshaw, 37 isn't "older." Maybe you're just past the easy gains at this point. Time to find faster people to ride with.
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True then again its hard to schedule regular rides in with others, other then race events.
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Maybe it just means that you're no F'in good, like the rest of us?

No, seriously. It's hard to make a judgement. We don't know how "good" you are, how hard you train, or much about your physiology. I think, we can reach a certain level of capability with some training, and getting beyond that requires either total dedication or fortunate genes. In the absence of both of those, most of us have to shoot for maintaining whatever level of fitness we get from going out and putting in the miles.
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We all go through this after a few years, BTW. Looking back through my logs, I've mostly done polarized training. When I've done worse, it's because I changed from doing that somewhat. For me, that's meant consistently doing zone 1-2 training every week and limiting the hard efforts to about 1/4 the time spent on the easy stuff. Looking at my logs, it's not clear that the sort of hard efforts made much difference.
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Do you allow your body to rebuilt and recover before doing hard rides? Your post suggests a decline in performance whereas the thread title indicates a plateau. Those are different.

Lets say your typical local 10 mi TT took you 22 minutes plus or minus 20 seconds depending on weather and wind, etc.

If your times are a minute higher this year....it ain't age.

You really gave no data.
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Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32
So I like to ask about this what are reasons for not seeing any gains or positive results from training. In other words I have changed my training and better my diet and increase some more off the bike workouts as well. However seems i am not getting faster or better at anything. Weekly time trials, time lines i am getting is same as last year, maybe slower times as well.

what are reasons on this. Is there way to get out of this rut?
has this happened to any of you folks?
How exactly are you training? How are you measuring your performance beyond time trial times?
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Well have to admit that last few TT's were in bad weather and i found i was only pushing about 85% as well too. I think also not enough recovery as well. I do keep track and follow a training plan that is on my training peaks, in case anyone care to link and up and follow, always open to suggestions
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Getting mentally stale is a problem, too. Some trainers recommend taking a week completely off and then coming back with an endurance block at some time during the season.
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A some point genetics becomes the limiting factor.
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Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32
True then again its hard to schedule regular rides in with others, other then race events.
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Old 05-16-15, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32
So I like to ask about this what are reasons for not seeing any gains or positive results from training. In other words I have changed my training and better my diet and increase some more off the bike workouts as well. However seems i am not getting faster or better at anything.
What kind of off the bike workouts? Perhaps these are doing more harm than good?

Try this: The Next Level ~ Hunter Allen Power Blog
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Originally Posted by gregf83
What kind of off the bike workouts? Perhaps these are doing more harm than good?

Try this: The Next Level ~ Hunter Allen Power Blog
Nice post, Greg. 5:49 today, 4:54 last Sunday, but I can't combine the suggested quantity of FTP work with rides of that length. Only 20' today, 1:00 last Saturday. Long rides with steep (for us on the tandem) hills kill my legs and then I can't go hard anymore. Need more muscular endurance I guess. Only managing 500-600 hrTSS/week. Don't see a way to increase that very much - can't do intervals every other day at our age. Two pedal-based PMs not in our budget.
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