Something is off and I need help figuring out what. Here are the details:
- Completed SSB1, took a long recovery (due to work trip).
- Work trip was harder than anticipated (poor sleep, jet lag, etc.), but I came into the ramp test with 2 full nights of sleep and an opener workout the day prior, and that was with 5 full days off the bike and 1 full week of ‘recovery’ rides.
- I tested at an 11% improvement over start of SSB1. (256 at 89kg to 279 at 88kg).
- After the test (immediately) I did a 1 hour sweet spot workout. The next day I didn’t bike but did a brutal leg workout in the gym.
- Today, I reluctantly started Taylor -2 (3 sets of 30 on 30 off VO2 Max intervals at 120%) I was reluctant because of how sore I was from yesterday, but I decided to give it a shot and see how I felt. This is where things get weird.
- First set of intervals was ridiculously easy. Conversational easy, no sweat (literally). I upped the intensity 5% for the next set of intervals, and they too were also easy but now I was working in what I’d define as a sweet spot range. Third set of intervals I bumped another 5%, but this wasn’t much harder either. Halfway through them I went up another 5%, and then another 5% ending at 130% intensity… but it wasn’t a hard workout by any stretch of the imagination. The text from Coach Chad was totally out of step with my RPE (ie, it felt WAY easier than it should have).
Here’s the workout for reference: https://www.trainerroad.com/career/diamondjb724/rides/53134248-taylor-2
So what gives? Did I test wrong (even though it was an 11% improvement?!). My power meter didn’t seem off (its a direct drive cyclops) and it was consistent throughout the workout. Could I just need my VO2 intervals to be significantly higher for the workout impact to occur?
I’m really disappointed because I was mentally psyched up for a brutal workout and now I feel like I messed something up. Any insight would be appreciated.