It’s obvious we need to recover from stress in order to adapt. In this situation, I’m talking about training, but more specifically, the rest that comes from taking time/backing off at the end of a season. I’ve never taken a real ‘off-season’; I don’t sit still well. This past year I was forced to thanks to injury and illness + life. Starting now, there’s aspects of my three disciplines that aren’t as strong as they were. I’m talking to my cycling prowess here. After getting back into structured training for a few weeks, I took my cycling power test. Short version is I dropped a full 60watts from my previous FTP. But, what that is is normal, and proof that I gave the body the rest it obviously needed after an ugly and broken last 4 months. I don’t like that it’s lower, but I know it’s the truth, and I know that I trust my PEAK plan by my coach that I’ll be back to my 4.5 power:weight, and more likely, above that. Remember that it’s February. If your race schedule is like most of our’s, you shouldn’t be in peak form. I decided to write this as I just now accepted this fact. Or at least this part of it. So relax, stick to your plan, and trust the process.