I sit here typing here exhausted. I just attempted a 20 minute power nap that turned into a 35 minute nap-snooze-nap. Bloody tired! What has made me tired? Seven hours training in five days could be it although I hadn’t felt tired until about one hour into today’s ride. Yesterday’s ‘run’ was probably the first sign but I’m so irregular at running that I can’t tell if I’m just slow or just tired. The run was indeed slow yesterday but I assumed that it was the result of not running very much but I can now say that the result of that run was brought on by physical stress.
So what do I do now?
Rest, recover and ride again tomorrow?
A part of me wants to get seven hours cycling done in three days but my head -and my legs- tell me that this will probably not happen. As a thought experiment for now, what would happen if I kept pushing through this tiredness barrier? How long would it take to recover? Would the gains be worth it? Would there be any gains?
I most likely will never find out.