I saw this post in response to a topic asking “Fasted workouts – how long is too long?” Scott Johnston noted that if you are doing long fasted aerobic workouts, be prepared for 2 days of recovery where you might need to go light. I’m assuming that means recovery is faster if we don’t fast.
Can Scott (or anyone) expand on that idea a bit more in terms of how to approach our plans/expectations for subsequent workouts, particularly in that 2 day time frame and if we’re missing/going light on strength workouts due to overall tiredness?
For example, I’m in the transition phase of my first year of structured training, following the 24-week general mountaineering plan. I’m working on fat adaptation and ADS, so I am working on doing my aerobic workouts in a fasted state. I just did a fasted 2.5 hour AeT run a few days ago. I felt fine during the run but fairly wiped during the following rest day and ended up missing my strength workout the day after following the adage of “if you feel tired, rest.” I also went light on a strength workout for a similar reason in previous weeks.
On one hand, I am working on building the aerobic fitness and base and fat adaptation. On the other hand, I don’t want to regularly miss or go very easy on strength training sessions that will leave me unprepared for future strength training during the base period. Is there a way to think about prioritizing or shifting workouts around? If we are working on ADS should we just focus on fasted training and skip the weightroom if we’re tired from long fasted workouts?