I am on SSBLV and have come upon Eclipse. I knew it would be tough so got a good night of sleep, hydrated and had decent amounts of protein for breakfast. The night before I did one Eclipse 20-min interval to see what I am up against. I thought I can do it.
Then I went for the workout. Something odd happened during the warmup. When the warmup reached 94% of my FTP I got to a really good flow but then did something to my pedaling…not sure what…I maintained the same resistance and cadence but my power dropped a lot. I had to really ramp up the cadence to get back to target power and it felt way more intense than during my trial interval. At the end I could not do more than 1.5 intervals and I crashed out.
This was on a spinning bike in the gym which had a stages lefty power meter. I discarded the workout on TR and was about to leave the gym but then I decided to get on the adjacent spinning bike. I found it was easier to hold sustained 94% FTP on that bike but by that time I was too spent to do Eclipse from the start. I am not sure whether it was easier because I had a few minutes of rest or because the power meter was calibrated differently.
I now wonder whether power meter calibration is a thing that can change during a workout or whether I have a lot of hard work in front of me to pass Eclipse.