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Male, 30, raced for 5 years, 6', 200lbs, Cat4-ever....

Anyway, I have been having some difficulty the past two mornings raising my HR into a desired "zone". I raced each of the past two Sundays, 40 mile road races. Finished within the pack week 1, finished in top 5 sprint week 2...

I have been attempting to rise early enough to train in the mornings before work, due to tax overload right now. Working about 55 hours per week. But each of the past two mornings, Tues, Wed, I have not been able to get above about 75% of MHR. Legs feel somewhat dead. Admittedly, my nutrition sucks, but my sleep has been dead-on. IE, when I lie down at 10, I immediately fall into deep sleep.

So, what gives? When can I expect that my body will adjust to early rising?
 

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Your heart rate shouldn't just "stop" going up, no matter to what your sleep/work routine is changed. Eat healthy, get more sleep, and take it easy on the bike. Working 55hrs/wk should only afford you the time to ride on weekends - but for your own sake, sleep in.

Also, you are staying up too late if it takes you under about 15 minutes to fall asleep.
 
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