So, I’m pretty new to structured training. Mid-40s, riding since 3 years on weekends. Had a short outside structured training stint with hart rate before covid hit, and started TR six weeks ago on a trainer.
My first ramp test gave me an FTP of 173. Training after that felt hard, but manageable. After 6 weeks on a low volume custom plan I did the second ramp test two days ago. Gave me a new FTP of 200, hooray! That felt hard, as I guess it should. Didn’t stand up, but could only manage with a really high cadence of 110 - 114 on the last part of the ramp. With what I’d consider “no bouncing”, but as I said, I’m quite new to the sport.
Today, two days later, I’ve attempted to do Truchas -3 – and didn’t finish it. it felt too hard. Did 45 mins out of 1h.
Now I ask myself: Is the FTP too high for me?
Or do I just need time to settle in?
My plan of moving forward is to see if I can finish the next trainings, and go from there.
Any advice on how to deal with the situation?