I took the day off yesterday. The plan is to do 6 days per week. Today, I had a 1 hour recovery ride. Recovery from what, you might say?
With my new FTP values, my recovery wattage is right around 100. It’s really boring, but super necessary. Last year, I ended having some training overload right around January. Overload is good, but you have to make sure the balance of recovery is there. This year, I’m going to really force the easy wattage on my designated recovery days. I would rather undershoot and stay healthy then overdo it and end up injured or experiencing early burnout. I’m pretty sure I tried to average 12.5 hours last year, which I lowered to 12 for this year. I hit quite a few spots of burnout last year and I’d like to avoid that as much as possible. It’s really frustrating to be putting in a ton of work and dedication and feel like that’s going the opposite direction. To me, lots of burnout means that I wasn’t plateauing and that there are still plenty of gains to be had at that level.
Honestly, I would be so ecstatic if I could just train full time. I just really love to ride. It’s easy to get over ambitious and over trained, though.
I’ve got to decide now if I want to do Tour of the Gila. I think it would be an awesome experience and that I’ve got the skillset to be successful, but it’s a huge time and money dedication. Between race fees, gas for travel and food and lodging, it would be a very expensive race. General Classification payout for Category 3s is $500. A lot of money for a race, don’t get me wrong. Joe Martin paid out $275 for Category 4 last year, but TotG is a 5 day stage race vs. a 3 day stage race. I imagine that $500 would get pretty close to breaking even after expenses. Maybe my parents would want to visit Silver City, NM? That would be pretty fun.