Just wondering if my experiences are typical and whether AT should behave like this.
I’ve just signed up to the AT beta and used plan builder aiming for a long distance triathlon next year. The initial plan essentially follows long distance tri base, build (a bit longer than 8 weeks due to additional time), then specialty.
I’ve had a few weeks easy / off before starting the plan. Prior to this I was training but fairly unstructured and rarely using Trainerroad for another month before that. So my levels were pretty much all 1.0 when starting. (FTP had dropped 10-15w since peak easier in the year as expected).
As my levels didn’t represent my recent training I didn’t accept any adaptations for the first couple of weeks and the plan is fine, if occasionally a bit easy. I’ve sometimes picked slightly harder alternates.
Now the adaptations being suggested seem to mostly suggest shorter duration (but similar level) rides. Eg a 1…5hr endurance instead of 3hr endurance (but with similar levels) or a 1hr tempo instead of 1.5hr (but again similar level).
Obviously the aim of those sessions, particularly endurance, is for time at low intensity training rather than shorter time in a higher power range.
Has anyone experienced similar? Will it eventually sort itself out?