I did Carpathian Peak +3 today, and I’d done it a year ago too.
Two massively different experiences at virtually the same FTP then and now. I was cal restricting then and cracked it on last year. The whole thing felt like a massive brutal slog fest. Really nasty and I was dreading it today.
Today was a peace of cake - the only bad part about it was knowing that I was on a long 20 minute effort and won’t be going anywhere for a while. I had been cal restricting this block but this week I had two days where I loaded up before the heard workouts, like 2 to 3k cal over like a pig. But the workouts the next day felt like I was a proper boss. DHL guy interrupted me on last block so I had an extra 30 sec rest but it was near the very end and felt fine anyway. Probably would have needed 25min or 30min intervals to really get into a mess.
Sometimes it’s just about energy availability and not stamina. I felt like my Petit yesterday was worse as I’d cal restricted the day before. Wasn’t horrible but I had that slightly drained ‘don’t want to be on the trainer’ sensation slightly nagging away on each push of the pedals.