Hi, I’m on my first TR plan and I’m loving it so far. I’ve never had the motivation to consistently train like this before. I started with the LV SSB after pretty much 6 months off the bike. The first ramp test gave an FTP of 186W (Kickr Core). The ramp test at the start of LV SSB2 gave an FTP of 211W and by the end of SSB2 I was 230W.
I was very happy at this point, I weigh roughly 70kg but I would say 65kg is a more my typical weight and is easily achievable. I thought I would focus on power rather than weight loss given that I am training more than I ever have.
I’ve just completed the LV General Build plan and I haven’t improved my FTP. I measured 230W at the halfway point of build and 225W at the end (yesterday). I wasn’t expecting the gains to continue the way they were but I’m slightly surprised at the result.
One thing I have noticed is that there are no SS workouts in the LV General Build plan, they are VO2Max and Threshold workouts. I’m wondering whether I would have increased my FTP more by repeating the LV SSB plan? I’m not sure whether I was really “ready” for the build plan, it was hard work! I completed all of the workouts except the last interval of Leconte and I reduced the intensity of San Joaquin +3 and Galena +2 toward the end.
I guess it is slightly de-motivating to take that punishment (for me at least) and not see any improvements. I know FTP isn’t everything but I genuinely don’t “feel” any better on the bike. I don’t “feel” like my VO2Max has improved either.
Maybe I should go back to SSB rather than Specialty (was going to move onto LV Climbing Road Race) . I don’t have any events planned so I’m not working towards anything in particular. But a part of me wants to finish the plan “properly” and then think about my next approach.
Maybe I should up the volume? But I feel like it’s too soon for that much training… Maybe this is completely normal
Thanks for any tips/help!