Zillon wrote: ↑Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:32 pm
troyguitar wrote: ↑Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:26 pm
So I took 3 full days off the bike, ate like a normal person, and got back on today. I gained 3 lbs and 3/4" on my waist, and got about another 20% weaker.
In July, a 150 bpm effort was 200 watts.
By last week, it was down to 160 watts.
Today it's down to 130. I'm now weaker than I was when I first got a bike, after 7 years of zero exercise whatsoever.
But look at the bright side, at least I wasted thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours working hard for nothing?
Go ride more hills and do some intervals workouts.
You need an actual training plan at this point. Time for some sufferfest.
I lifted for YEARS with shit results, spent hours every week on it, always wondered why certain people got so much more strong/jacked with seemingly the same effort. Well, turns out if you actually have a plan it works better. I started doing 5X5, then 531 and got way stronger, especially after starting to track calories/macros.
I think I've had accelerated improvement with cycling because I have done a bunch of cross training with running, lifting, and mountain biking. The body needs variety in training, this has been proven time and time again.
You said yourself that you prefer to go out and ride 150 BPM on the flats as much as possible. There is nothing wrong with this approach, still great exercise and can be fun, but you will certainly plateau with that style of "training". You can either choose to be happy where you are, given you can ride long distances, you are already a good rider. Or, you can put in the effort to do the things you don't love to improve.
You could never become a great guitar player by choosing only one song and playing it over and over and over, even if it was a difficult song.