As the topic title says, how much should I reduce my intensities after a short break and somewhat inconsistent and minimal training? And therefore how quickly is fitness lost?
Life sometimes gets in the way and I know that takes precedence for me. Work, family, back troubles, son racing etc. I get it. Recently life has thrown a lot my way, especially last few weeks. But, be positive and move forward.
So, I was existing on a couple/three short sessions a week e.g. Cure/Something FTP based/Half is Easy as a mid week 3 day block. I would switch the order or switch the odd ride if I could eek out a few more mins. This with an hour to two at the weekend zone 2 ish or if no time another short MAP/FTP session.
It kept me moving along and kept me on my last 4DP figures and I could complete workouts ok on them.
That reduced to only doing Cure/Half is easy on Tuesdays/Thursdays with the odd ride at the weekend or again, 30min FTP/MAP session and riding around the circuit in reverse when my son was racing, or indeed just watching and bottle passing. I felt as though I was not going backwards and could complete the workouts on current 4DP settings.
But… I could still manage on the last 4DP figures. Last 2/3 weeks consisted of 4 road rides on vacation in the Italian hills in Le Marche (Tirreno Adriatica territory) and a couple of TT efforts on the flattest bit of road I could find.
Now, back home and a week and a half of work from hell, a bad back and no training at all!!
So, looking to get back into it and looking to be “Cured” tomorrow. I have a short window to blast something out. So, to cut to the chase …
After such erratic training, lack of training and nothing for a week and a half, is the Cure a good idea? If so, what intensity? Give it a go 100% and reduce or start at something like 95%
If not, what to do? Ease back in with No Place Like Home? Or any other suggestions.
Your collective wisdom would be appreciated.