Subject: A Modest Proposal on VO2Max Introductions
Ah, greetings and salutations, esteemed sufferers!
In the illustrious chronicles of my cycling training, marked by a recent resurgence in my engagement with TrainerRoad (a decision propelled by an initial FTP detection of a modest 198, subsequently escalating to a sprightly 211), I’ve encountered a rather curious situation that tickles my fancy for dialogue and perhaps, gentle reform.
Let’s set the stage, shall we? Post my FTP elevation, I was greeted with the formidable Boltinghouse - a concoction of VO2Max intervals that, quite frankly, seemed more suited to a superhero than a mere mortal like myself. The outcome? A humble retreat after the inaugural set.
The saga continued with Mono -2, a threshold endeavour that I could only conquer by dialling down the intensity to a more palatable 90%.
And lo, the pattern persisted with GoatCitadel, another VO2Max challenge that I managed to surmount, albeit with a slight adjustment to the intensity.
This narrative isn’t just mine but seems to be a shared tale within our community. The prevailing wisdom suggests that grappling with these Herculean VO2Max workouts is a rite of passage, with the noble act of intensity reduction serving as our shield.
Yet, one ponders, would it not be more prudent, more considerate, to introduce these VO2Max challenges with a touch more grace and a bit less abruptness? A gradual crescendo rather than a sudden drop from the heavens, as it were.
Could we, as a collective of earnest cyclists, entertain the notion of easing into these trials, allowing our bodies and spirits to acclimatise to the demands with a tad more finesse?
I posit this as food for thought, a morsel for discussion amongst us, the valiant pursuers of cycling excellence.
Yours in spirited pedalling,