Was just looking for some guidance. Around a month ago, I finished the General Power Build HV plan after completing both SSBHV I and II in consecutive order. Across that time period (~5 months), my FTP has gone from 321 to 343.
As I just wanted a break from following a plan, I just started doing low intensity endurance rides but then attempted two train now workouts (1 x V02 and 1 x threshold) which were “productive” and would have been increase my levels by 0.4-0.5. I failed both of these workouts despite being fresh which I found a little odd but thought I just needed to get “accustomed” to this new FTP which I have also done the past.
I have just started SSBHV 1 again and just did my first “productive” workout yesterday (after a week of achievable workouts) which was “Mcgregor -1”. I have attached the post ride stats which in my opinion, looks quite intense for a sweet spot session this early on in the plan.
That session looks like a SS session to me, hard but doable and you did it Only if I’d had failed sessions like that regularly would I’d doubt my AI FTP D. I’d just stick with things just now and let AT and AIFTPD tweak things if its eventually needed.
Thanks Liam, the surveys definitely help and even if the sessions are closer to threshold, it’s not really the end of the world I guess.
Another thing I noticed though is that at the same workout level, a 90 minute sweet spot session is far more taxing to me than a 120 minute session even though the latter has a higher TSS. Check out the comparison of the two below workouts (the 90 minute one was a 5.8 but was “very hard” whereas the 120 minute one was a 5.9 which felt far more manageable to me).
It’s like I handle multiple sets of moderate intensities but as soon as it starts creeping into the 92-93% mark, I’m definitely being pushed close to my limits!