2020 was supposed to be my first year of racing but now that will have to wait for next year. I will be doing a mix of crits and 3-4 hour rolling road races, so this year my aim was to raise my FTP as much as possible to carry over to next year and then follow the crit speciality plan to see how I respond to it (the crits will likely be my focus next year so i can upgrade). My build phase was a bit of experiment with polarised intervals which failed, so I reverted to what I know and ended up doing a lot of FTP intervals and under/overs.
Now that I have got to the crit speciality its absolutely destroying me, even at low volume. I am failing at least 1 workout a week, and i have just finished the 3rd week where I could only complete 1 workout and failed the other 2, despite only adding 1 hour of zone 2 work all week and having confidence in my FTP result from the ramp test. Its super frustrating as I have only failed 1 workout in the previous base and build phases combined. I assume its because my body is not used to the super high intensity work, as I haven’t done any all year.
Now that I have reached the recovery week and I am looking at the next workouts, which seem to get harder and harder I am not sure how to proceed. I have no target events signed up for so failing the workouts isn’t to bad for now, but it is getting super frustrating.
The more I think about it, the more I could justify doing almost anything from restarting base, to repeating a different build (either general or short power), to changing specialities. With it being August and 1 more month of working from home till I go back to work full-time, I am keen to make the most of the time and don’t really want to take my off-season break now. For now I will focus on my recovery week so I can come back rested and raring to go.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
**Edit - I am taking on 60-80g of carbs per hour for these workouts and feeling fine before hard. Literally just dont have the legs to get through them.