I successfully completed Weeks 1-3 of General Build (Low volume, but with an extra outdoor ride on Sundays). However, at the very end of the last Sunday of week 3, I crashed, breaking a couple of bones in my face and incurring a minor tear of my rotator cuff.
As you can imagine, I took recovery week 4 pretty easy (well, I was concussed) but I’m now feeling much better and able to get back on the turbo, Mat Hayman style.
First hard session back, managed an hour at 0.9 IF. But then second session back was an abject failure at vo2 intervals, and today I needed a couple of backpedal breaks and an intensity reduction for Mount Goode (3x15min 95-99%). I’m not sure whether this is because my FTP has taken a hit, or whether my FTP is the same but I’m simply not quite as recovered as I feel.
Do you think I should…
- Keep my FTP the same but swap in some sweetspot sessions to maintain fitness without pushing myself too hard,
- Lower my FTP by 5 or so, and keep up the tough General Build workouts?