I started cycling to work just over 3 years ago and got a more serious about it a couple of years ago, got an indoor trainer, started going out for long rides at the weekend, did my first century ride. Last year I decided to do the London Duathlon and followed a training plan from 220 magazine which helped me to get faster both on the bike and on my feet.
I enjoyed having plan to follow and, with winter approaching, I decided to get a smart trainer and start using TR, mainly because of the podcast, to have a proper structured training plan. Started on the SSB1 medium volume, first ramp test gave me 212 (3 w/kg) which I thought was ok as I’m not young and haven’t led a particularly healthy life. Two weeks in I got a chest infection and had to stop exercising for about 3 weeks. Start again, ramp test gives me 194, after a week or so the workouts feel too easy so I up the FTP to 210 and all seems good, workouts are hard but do-able. Finish the 6 weeks and start SSB2 medium volume, ramp test gives me 207. Pretty disappointed but thought maybe the intermittent fast (16/8) I had been following was maybe the reason. I stop the IF and crack on with next plan, worked hard, completed all the workouts, followed the rest days and easy last week. Ramp test gives me 201, depressed I try again, too soon I know, the next day and get a worse result. Decide to try the 20 minute test to see if any difference, waited 3 days and got….203.
I am struggling with motivation to keep following the plans as I don’t know what I am doing wrong and I am clearly not getting the results most folks seem to, has anyone else had this problem?