New to TR and loving it but not new to indoor training. Was on another platform for about a year riding and racing. That platform assessed me at 300-322w FTP (4.4 - 4.8w/kg). I always rejected the higher FTPs and reduced them back to 305 (4.5w/kg) as I never feel it’s warranted (I have only been riding for 3 years). I raced Cat A and rode almost every day including unstructured workouts. It was very intense and In January this year I burned out hard and was off the bike for 3 weeks really sick.
When I switched to TR this month, the ramp test assessed me at 276w (4.1w/kg) which I accepted as evidence my other FTP was too high and as a result of my 3 weeks sick off the bike. I love the workouts but I’m finding them good but not exhausting. E.G. I just finished Taylor -2 and my final 42nd interval of 30 seconds, I had no problem holding 430w instead of the prescribed 330w. I assumed at the end of a 1 hour VO2 workout I would have been a lot more cooked.
My question is this: Is it either my Ramp test just didn’t go well and my FTP is actually closer to my previous assessments; or is it more possible that I was just used to burning too hard at an unhealthy intensity (as evident by the burn out) and not performing workouts correctly? And my experience with the TR workouts with my new FTP is how proper structured training is supposed to feel?
I just want to make sure I’m setting the right levels and expectations to get the most out of the workouts and not short changing myself but also not wanting to burn out again.
Thanks in advance for any help.