Hi all fellow trainerroaders,
I’m currently struggling with SSB2MV and I’m asking your advice how to move forward from here.
A little bit of backround info, before going more deeply into problem at hand:
- Male 42 years
-Been riding actively 14 years
-180 cm / 73-75 kg
I had an open heart surgery autumn 2018 and bought a trainer, because riding outside was forbidden during recovery phase did some irregular riding with TR. Autumn 2019 I started SSB1MV with 253 FTP and managed to get it up to 288 early 2020 but I were failing many workouts in SSB2MV and Sustained power build MV. There was a lot of work and stress, but moved into outdoor rides after mixing different rides. After unstructured outdoor riding summer 2020 I started more serious attempt with TR in October 2020 with FTP 283. I did SSB1MV, SSB2MV, General build MV and SSB2MV and reached FTP 312. I also did additional strenght training on top of weeks final workout. I was really motivated that season and failed only maybe 2-3 workouts. Again I had an unstructured summer 2021 but did some frequent interval training and I was in best form of my life and made several personal records.
In October 2021 I made myself a new plan with plan builder and AT with high expectations. The first FTP-test put me exactly in same spot as previous year: FTP 283. After SSB1MV I had failed single workout and ramp test gave me FTP 292 - a few watts more than previous year at same phase/date.
First week of SSB2MV was all good, but the suddenly the problems begun. I started failing all thursday thershold workouts and saturday over-unders. There is no too much burn, heart rate is about where it should be, but some how I feel I’m lacking muscular endurance and I feel I’m not able to push through intervals. It’s kind of a vicious circle which is also killing my motivation, in midway of workout I feel I’m not able to to do this and mentally I give up, even though my legs might still have some spark in them. AT has adjusted workouts to be easier, but the problem still persists. I admit the sleep and nutrition have been poorer than last year, but not that much. I also have skipped the strenght training this year.
And now the advice part: next week should be the rest week of SSB2MV and after that the start of build. My plan is to take whole week of the bike to rebuild the motivation. Then redo the SSB2 but with LV (after new ramp test naturally) and then move to General Build LV. Do you think this could be the way to get me back on track? Or should I redo SSB1LV too? Or completely something else? My goal is to be above FTP 300 before summer again, but these constant failures give me serious doubts if this is achievable?
I’m finding it hard to accept the performance difference to previous year. Is it a motivational thing or am I just getting old?