I am quite new to structured training such as TrainerRoad. I do feel like it is having an effect. My leg muscles are certainly feeling it as I am now spending more time on the turbo and putting in proper efforts as currently per SSB 1 Mid Volume.
I notice that one of the key measurable metrics to help guide a progressive training stimulus is FTP.
i.e. we measure our FTP’s regularly, every 5 to 8 weeks etc and the training program intensities are modified, based off this FTP etc.
I know you have to base this progression on something and FTP is it here.
However, is this the best in all circumstances? What about the differences between sprinters, long distance athletes, mountain bikers, cyclo cross, Time Trialists etc.
I am aware that the later speciality phases may better target each of these activities differently, but is there a case to suggest even the earlier training should also be more specific and not be related to FTP.
Here is a GCN video that covers this in more detail and it certainly got me thinking. It is quite long (about 24 mins).
Maybe you already have a view without watching the video and I would appreciate various thoughts on FTP and basing most of the training upon this measure.
This question is not meant to invalidate the TrainerRoad way as I know I am progressing and I recognise in myself that there is still a heck of a lot of progress available in my training.
But can it be speeded up even further?