I'm due to do the Trans Provence Tour at the end of june. 6 days riding, each with about 1200m of off road climbing and 3000m of descending. So I've been trying to get myself decently fit.
It all started off pretty well at the beginning of the year. I've been trying to make Sat & Sun big days (1 on road, 1 off), plus another 2 hr-ish ride during the week and a couple of days of commuting and a session at the climbing wall thrown in. I guess 300-400 miles a month, so nothing too excessive. (I used to ride a minimum of 6 days a week, and knocked up 100miles commuting/week as a min)
Except for the last month or so, I've been feeling completely wasted, mentally and physically. My legs work, but there's no zip/spring to them - the last big road ride I did, admittedly a tough one, had me showing the lowest average speed I've ever recorded - 3mph down on what I'd call acceptable. Any attempt to work flat out just leaves my legs screaming. Breathing is fine - rarely getting stressed in all honesty, but it's just like there's no fuel there. I'm doing a daily stretching/yoga session (done this for years), but my legs still feel sore for 2 or 3 days after even a moderate ride.
Mentally it's rather scarier. One of my strengths has always been my ability to focus absolutely on what I'm doing - proper tunnel vision stuff, except now I'm away with the fairies. I've just come back from a morning in Greno, and I'm riding atrociously. All kinds of basic numpty errors - target fixation, looking into corners not through them, forgetting to drop my heels and getting bounced off the pedals, despite not having used SPDs in the last 6 months. I'm finding myself hammering into things thinking about tonights dinner!! And I just can't make myself focus for more than a couple of secs at a time. The same was true yesterday, and on Sunday too.
The whole thing feels rather like a low grade sugar crash, except I'm eating normally, and a snack has no effect. (I had an apple when I finished riding today, and was still as spaced when I got home). One thing that has changed is that where I used to be absolutely wide awake in the morning as soon as the alarm goes off, I'm now struggling to wake up at all, and wandering round in a daze for 20 minutes after I've finally dragged my sorry corpse out of bed. I'm not aware of sleeping badly, although the missus reckons I'm thrashing around a fair bit.
Any ideas? I'm starting to hate the idea of going out because I'm riding like such a plonker, and it's absolutely knocking my confidence for six. I'm 2/3rds the way through my training period, and I'm riding worse and feeling less fit than I have done for years.