Frankie - B wrote:
Reading those I can conclude that over reaching is the problem. (JK, you seem to know lots about this)
So, what do you say. Take two days without training and after that daily rides that take up to an hour at max at a very low heart rate (75% HF max?) and after a week back into the normal program?
The thing is: There are no standard programs for this kind of situations (or training in general). Everybody is different.
Basically, once you have rested well enough to feel fit, you are ready to build up training again. If you are not sure, it is better to take too much rest than too little. One week of no-ride days and recovery rides should be enough, but if you still feel tired by the weekend, just add a few more days. Do not cut on sleep or healthy food (that is allways a good idea).
If you think you are fit enough, just try some hard intervals. No power? Cannot get your heartrate up to a normal value? Cannot get up to the speed you normally reach at a given intensity on a strech of road/trail you ride often ? Then stop it... just settle in recovery mode and add a few more days of easy riding
By the way: 75% of HR max is still too much for a recovery ride. Just do 60-65%, take your girlfriend with you and try to talk more to her than she does to you
Newbieweenie had a good point: If you put in a "rest week" every 4th or 5th week (or even 3rd week, depending on the intensity and volume of the training you do), there is less chance of you wearing yourself out.