Background: Started a new low volume plan without a multi-week period off the bike resulting in (relatively) high progress levels to start with (particularly in SS / TH). Thought the initial plan suggested by TR for Base 1 looked ludicrously hard for base training (=assuming at least +5 % performance increase by week 5 just to be doable) but decided to play along as it would be adjusted down if the workouts were too hard, right?
Now I am at week 3 and have struggled through two brutal (sub) TH work-outs pretending to be SS (IF 0.90 and 0,92). AT is of the opinion that these should not feel “very hard”, so classified by AT as “too intense”. Everything as it should be.
I am about the get some kind of relief next week? You would think so, but instead AT decided to bump up next week’s first workout (which it had slightly downgraded before) from 6.6 to 8.8 (IF 0.94).
It the goal here is to make sure I will fail the workout, hard starts should not only do it but make the experience as painful as possible. If AT thinks I am sandbagging my responses, my HR heavily disagrees (finishing in the death zone in both of this week’s SS workouts).
This is the first time I have encountered this type of insanity in AT. Previously “too intense” has resulted in downgrades for the next (week’s) workout(s) so not sure if this is a bug or a (new) feature.