So, I have a bit of a dilemma and would love to hear some different thoughts other than my own
I’m currently in the best form of my life (4.3W/kg) and it feels great but for me this time of year is for maintenance so that’s what I’m doing. I’m in the first week of the HIT Maintenance Mid Volume 1 plan but the workouts feel far too easy (apart from my first workout “Spanish Needle” which admittedly is always hard for me). So normally I’d say great, raise my FTP and keep going but I’ve fallen into this trap far too many times before and ended up sick.
Remember, I am not necessarily looking to improve fitness but rather maintain it.
I am worried that if I raise my FTP, I’ll get even fitter, peak at December and then fall into my same old sickness trap.
I’d much rather keep a higher fitness, carry that into February and then start attacking the workouts.
As far as I see it I have 3 options:
Raise FTP but keep an eye on resting well, high resting heart rate etc etc. to avoid sickness.
Keep FTP the same and maintain fitness without worrying (yeah right ha ha).
Raise the workout intensity 2-5% towards the end of each workout so that the workouts give me a challenge but don’t put me in a hole (I am currently doing this).
Like I said above, would love to hear the thoughts of like minded people.