46 years old, mostly mountain biker, but does ride road, and gravel
Resting hr of @ 40bpm with a max of 190 bpm
Indoor trainer a tacx neo, no power meter as yet on mtbs, a stages on my road bike.
Started using TR a year ago, made the mistake of not using it over the summer (so ftp dropped) but have used it consistently since september.
Have mainly gone through Sweetspot base Low and mid volumes, and did move onto a v02 build mtb plan
Have ridden recreational on the mtb for over 10 years, and entered some mtb endurance events.
Ride around 6000 to 8000 miles a year across several bikes
Current ftp 255w or @ 3.5 w/kg with a 74kg weight
Can handle around 400 TSS a week, have done more but usually feel overtrained at that point.
Since September my ftp has risen in 2% and 4% jumps from sweetspot low to the mtb build
I seem to be able to increase at every ramp test. Ive probably completed around 8 this year.
I cannot complete the workouts, whether that be SS, threshold, over unders or v02 without VERY large amounts of time resting in the intervals, backpedaling etc.
Some hour long TR sessions last well past 1.5 hours!
I switched it up to the more v02plan build plan, as i thought that im a cross country MTB XC racer really and im better at the short climbs/sprints than steady sprints. This is sort of true as I can easily achieve the max efforts, but cannot repeat them over and over with such short resting intervals.
My last ramp test (as many users will say that my ftp is incorrect) I hit a new pb HR of 192 bpm was a few days ago.
I moved back to start sweetspot base 2 (as nate posted that the plans are improving (more rest time]) but this hasnt helped me.
I completed donner today 3x12 at ftp which after nearly killed me. During the intervals my HR was @ 165 bpm to 177 bpm on each set.
I feel like im working in too higher zone, or not getting the adaptions if im resting so long between sets.
Do any other Master/Veteran riders have this problem?
I keep re testing with the ramp and seem to increase everytime, so my ftp cannot be incorrect.
Im fuelled correctly and rested properly as im only doing the 3 workouts a week. I sleep between 7-10 hours and monitor HRV, and sleep data.
I take 200mg of caffeine to get through sessions and im well hydrated.
I have enough fans and im spinning in the inner chainring with a cadence of 90 to 100
Any suggestions would help.
I dread every TR session now as I know theyre so painful.
Im also used to long 3 to 5 hour mtb rides outside and have completed many 100 and 150 road mile events