First, a bit of background. I’m a 35 yrs old, 5’10", about 193 lbs. I have been doing some measure of structured training (with some interruptions) since January, 2019. I started SSBHV back then with an FTP of 229, and got to 258 through SSBI & II. I started a Build block which was interrupted slightly by an accident involving a careless driver, but managed to get my FTP up to 266. Since that time, I have had off and on bouts of structure, but my FTP always hovered in the 250 to 260 range.
After continuing this trend a bit through early 2020, I had a bit of a “reset” in the Spring and decided to go back to base to start all over again with renewed focus. I am coming off of SSBII MV (5/26/20 to 7/5/20) after completing SSBI MV (4/14/20 to 5/24/20). My compliance through the last 12 weeks has been good, with minimal missed/moved workouts, only when absolutely necessary due to life. However, my last three tests have stagnated, and my frustration is building:
– 4/14/20 Test - 270;
– 5/26/20 Test - 272;
– 7/7/20 Test - 268.
At this point, I’m not sure what gives. I’m probably riding 8-12 hours a week on average, with some slight variation. I’m sure my recovery and sleep could be better, but I have seen gains through the base phase with TR before with similar lifestyle. I’m not sure I have the time to fully commit to a high volume plan due to life/work, though I have added Zone 2 volume when able to get my hours in the saddle up closer to a HV plan.
Is it worth trying to “shake something up” a bit to see if I can break through this plateau, or is it better just to move on to a Build plan with the current numbers and see if that can get me moving in the right direction? Are there other obvious things I’m likely missing?